Committed to improve access for case diagnosis for tackling Visceral Leishmaniasis
Location: Uchaka Pahadi Village in Sunder Pahadi- Godda, Jharkhand, India
Kala-azar (Visceral Leishmaniasis (VL)) is endemic in 54 districts scattered across four states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Eastern Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. IPE Global has undertaken the Implementation of Active Case Detection (ACD) Strategy for VL and PKDL under the KalaCore Programme for tackling VL. Our team visits each and every household in the endemic blocks aiming to identify people who are suspected to have VL/PKDL with the help of local ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist) workers. Our ACD team conducted a spot diagnosis with RK-16 for one of our VL suspects at Uchaka pahadi village in Sunderpahadi-Godda, which was the toughest location to reach in Jharkhand. It involved 3-4 hours of walking in a forested area. The image depicts a KalaAzar patient who had never visited a hospital nor consulted doctor in his entire life. Our team diagnosed him successfully and refered him to the nearest health care facility.