Lymphatic filariasis elimination programme in the South-East Asia : report of the regional capacity-building workshop on transmission assessment survey, India,
AbstractLymphatic filariasis (LF) is one of the leading causes of permanent disabilities causing socioeconomic problems. Since the launch of the global programme to eliminate LF in the South-East Asia Region in 2000, by 2011 the nine endemic countries had made significant progress. Since more and more implementation units (IUs) in the SEA Region are completing minimum required mass drug administration (MDA) rounds with a declining microfilarial rate to below 1%, it is essential to plan Transmission Assessment Surveys (TAS) in LF elimination programme as per the WHO manual for national elimination programmes 2011. WHO-SEARO organized a capacity-building workshop at the Vector Control Research Centre (VCRC), Pondicherry, India (WHO Collaborating Centre) to enhance the knowledge and skills of the LF programme managers on planning and implementation of TAS. The workshop had 11 modules. The pre- and post-test questionnaires were designed to assess how far knowledge and skills of the participants improved after completing training. The participant's pre-test knowledge score was 13.1 of the 27 scores and post-test score was 24 of the 27 scores which indicated that the workshop was productive. The participants agreed to develop a country plan of action where TAS is to be implemented and submit these to WHO-SEARO.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2013). Lymphatic filariasis elimination programme in the South-East Asia : report of the regional capacity-building workshop on transmission assessment survey, India,. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/205440