Case study: A Sahiya’s active involvement helps identify and treat kala-azar case, India

Monday, 30 October, 2017
Santona, a Sahiya from village Padriya in Jharkhand has been actively involved in her village in the identification of kala-azar and post kala-azar dermal leishmaniasis (PKDL) cases, particulalry after having observed the reliance of villagers on godmen and witchcraft. 
In 2016, despite best efforts she didn't manage to convince a family, of which three members were suffering from kala-azar, to take treatment at the hospital. Soon after a group and an interpersonal communication session on kala-azar took place by the behaviour change facilitators, however, Santona regained confidence, taking it upon herself to identify cases of kala-azar and bring them to the hospital. She succeeded in convincing four more suspected cases to accompany her to the PHC for a proper diagnosis, where they all tested positive for kala-azar and have received treatment.