Title: Delay in visceral leishmaniasis reporting as an obstacle to timely response actions: Comparison of VL reporting systems in Nepal and India
Author: Jan Peter Böttcher
Institution: Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health, Berlin
Graduate date: 2013-01-08 (W3C-DTF)
Document: Boettcher_Abstract.pdf
Description:
For the elimination of visceral leishmaniasis (VL) in the Indian subcontinent it is essential to evaluate and fully understand today’s actual burden of the disease in endemic countries such as Nepal and India. As India and Nepal just entered the “consolidation phase” of the VL elimination strategy, it is important to determine the current state of VL reporting, VL response and VL treatment to successfully continue the path taken. Recent data indicate that VL cases are still underreported in these countries, as there is no regular active case detection system in place at the community level. In addition, patients of both countries still face long delays when seeking treatment: A patient delay by not being able to seek health care despite feeling sick, a diagnosis delay when entering the health system and a treatment delay after receiving a diagnosis. Moreover, it is likely that information of passively detected VL cases does not reach the higher authorities of the VL reporting systems of both countries in a timely manner.
Classification: 2013 (LCSH)
Language: English
Date Of Record Creation: 2013-06-28 00:21:35 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2013-06-28 00:23:24 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2013-06-28 00:23:43 (W3C-DTF)

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