Elimination of Kala Azar – BTSP
Timely and lasting intervention

Elimination of Kala Azar – BTSP

Kala Azar (Visceral Leishmaniasis) is a neglected tropical disease that is almost always fatal if left untreated. It spreads through the bite of a sandfly, and disproportionately affects the poorest and most vulnerable communities. People living with HIV are over 100 to 2,320 times more likely to contract Kala Azar in areas of endemicity, and patients co-infected with HIV and Kala Azar face a greater risk of death.

  Our Approach

Our goal is to support the National Kala Azar Elimination Programme of the Government of India to accelerate the progress of elimination by 2020, and its validation by 2023. By establishing mechanisms for governmental institutions to engage deeply in this effort, we are trying to build lasting systems, and a post-elimination roadmap. Generation of more information on the disease is an integral part. We aim to come up with sustainable solutions to eliminate Kala Azar by capacitating the government to undertake key activities of intervention.

Our Work

Kala Azar interventions are currently underway in 33 districts of Bihar, where at least one case has been detected among 10,000 people, last year.

Our Innovations

Elimination of Kala Azar – BTSP

  • 01

    Bihar launched a detailed roadmap for Kala Azar elimination, which was later replicated nationally. This roadmap included inputs from us.

  • 02

    IRS coverage achieved in 2017

  • 03

    Cases of Kala Azar occurrence in Bihar (since 2013) is now available online through the MIS Register

  • 04

    districts have established entomological surveillance sites. Each site has a laboratory along with one entomologist and six insect collectors, employed by CARE India.