Technical consultation with partners for eliminationof kala-azar in endemic countries of WHO South-East Asia Region
AbstractThe political commitment for the elimination of kala-azar in the three endemic countries in the South-East Asia Region is strong. A memorandum of understanding was signed by the Ministers of Health of Bangladesh, India and Nepal to eliminate kala-azar through intercountry cooperation at an event organized during the World Health Assembly in May 2005. Elimination of kala-azar is a priority for the Region. The Regional Director has constituted a Regional Technical Advisory Group (RTAG) on the subject. The first meeting of RTAG was held in 2004 where the regional strategic framework for the elimination of kala-azar was discussed and endorsed. The RTAG also recommended formation of a partners' forum. A technical consultation with partners was organized by the Regional Office in collaboration with the Division of Control, Prevention and Eradication (CPE/WHO/HQ), and Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR/ WHO/HQ) at Behror Rajasthan, India, from 29 to 31 August 2005. The participants included representatives from UNICEF, the World Bank, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the GTZ (the German aid agency), and Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDI), selected members of RTAG, programme managers from Bangladesh, India and Nepal, TDR, WHO/SEARO and WHO staff from the three endemic countries. Partners attending the meeting endorsed the Regional Strategic Framework to Eliminate Kala-azar, 2005-2015.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2006). Technical consultation with partners for eliminationof kala-azar in endemic countries of WHO South-East Asia Region. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/205968