Project Component 4:
Develop and implement a comprehensive strategy for sensitizing the community and local health workers on kala-azar detection and management across the endemic regions in Bangladesh
Several studies indicated that VL suspects first seek care from local chemists/quacks that are residing near to them. In the past, very limited approaches were taken to reach local chemists/quacks to train them in VL detection and appropriate referral, and was was done mostly within small project activities. Potential partners of the NKEP could be the NGOs who are working even at village level to control other diseases of public health importance.
Social and community mobilization is a very important component for a health programme. For kala-azar, the NKEP developed limited BCC / IEC materials and creative components on kala-azar to increase community awareness on kala-azar. But due to lack of resources and proper planning the process has not been able to show large impact at community level. Therefore, supporting the initiative to invigorate the BCC / IEC process may have an significant impact on the elimination programme.
To develop effective and inclusive field level management and response teams to support the kala-azar elimination programme; reorganize and scale up IEC / BCC materials / methods for community mobilization at field level with support from potential stakeholders.