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Lymphatic Filariasis (LF): Lymphatic filariasis is a chronic neglected tropical disease associated with a huge proportion of morbidity and disability leading to disfigurement and social stigma, prevalent across multiple state in the country. Uttar Pradesh is one of the high endemic state having 51 of Out of 75 districts of Central and Eastern Uttar Pradesh, that are endemic for Lymphatic Filariasis (LF). Apart from Mass Drug Administration (MDA), that is being conducted in most of the endemic districts., MMDP (morbidity management and disability prevention) which is an integral component of elimination efforts are being undertaken in the state.
Visceral Leishmaniasis (VL): Visceral leishmaniasis is a neglected tropical disease affecting the poor and marginalized in the community, that is endemic to four states in India, having a country elimination goal. Uttar Pradesh is one of those endemic states where PATH has been providing strategic technical assistance for VL elimination efforts in the state, focused on the eastern region of UP state, where the diseases has high incidence and prevalence.
Key strategies for Kala-Azar elimination are based on:
- Early diagnosis and complete treatment
- Integrated vector management, including Indoor Residual Spray (IRS)
PATH, with the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) is providing technical support for Elimination of VL and LF in Uttar Pradesh, in coordination with other development partners in the state. PATH provides strategic technical support at multiple levels including state, division. district, block and villages, through an integrated NTD (Neglected Tropical Diseases) field team, supporting the state government to achieve and sustain VL and LF elimination.
Duty Location: Divisional level in Uttar Pradesh. Duty location may be changed depending on the need of the program.
Key role and responsibilities: Coordination and Implementation support to the divisional, district and sub-district health functionaries for achieving their target of LF & VL Elimination through:
- Reporting to the Senior Program Officer, while providing overall technical assistance to the district VBD program officers in their respective divisions, for implementing activities for LF and VL elimination, at the district and sub-district level.
- Be responsible for advocacy in their respective redefined evaluation units, through strategic engagement of the district level VBD officials, to implement high quality MDAs
- technical support in capacity building of district and block level VBD officers and health workers in components of ELF and EVL – Night Blood Survey, MDA, MMDP, LF Disease surveillance, Active Case Detection for VL, Indoor Residual Spraying etc.
- Supportive supervision and monitoring of different components of LF and VL program-MDA, MMDP, NBS, Pre-TAS, TAS, Entomological surveillance, ACD, IRS etc.
- Planning, coordination and technical support in organizing Mf and LF disease surveillance camps with the help of Filaria Control Units at block headquarters in the districts.
- Planning, coordination and technical support in ACD for VL & PKDL in affected villages/blocks. Follow -up of suspected VL/PKDL cases for early diagnosis and complete treatment.
- Planning and coordination to conduct Cross- Border meeting with neighboring states for VL and PKDL surveillance
- Provide technical support in coordination with WHO for planning, and conducting Pre-Transmission Assessment Survey (Pre-TAS) and TAS.
- Coordination with Medical Colleges in coordination with WHO counterparts, in their respective division for Post MDA assessment. Sharing feedback with concerned authorities.
- Planning and conducting district workshops for sensitization of Medical Health practitioners for timely reporting of suspected VL, PKDL and LF diseases /cases
- Review of analyzed data to identify areas of concern and share with concerned officials
- In addition, any other project related activities in UP , required and assigned by the NTD&M team at the state and national level