Project Component 3:
Development of VL outbreak management strategy in relation to national kala-azar elimination programme
Till now there is no proper strategy particularly for VL outbreak management in the national VL elimination guideline. The national program is about to introduce an activity known as “No Kala-azar transmission activity (NKTA)” in VL endemic communities of the country. The NKTA includes house to house search for VL and PKDL suspects with or without indoor residual spraying and deploying larvicide in about 60-100 households around the house of a recently reported VL case (known as the “index case”). This could be an effective platform for VL outbreak management. Considering the objective of consolidation phase of elimination programme, it is also important to generate a definition of VL outbreak in Bangladesh and develop an outbreak management strategy accordingly. The objective of this component of the project is to generate VL specific outbreak management plan, composition of outbreak management team under NKEP and capacity build up of the team on outbreak investigation. We hope that the activity will have significant contribution to sustain the VL elimination target for long run in Bangladesh.