Sudan

Activities

Health education
  • Health education
Outputs

KalaCORE is developing an innovative and cost effective model for health education mainly in Gedaref State, but also in other endemic areas. Fieldwork will be implemented by the Global Health Foundation. Activities include a 24hr telephone hotline accessible by clinicians.  

Refurbishment of health facilities
  • Case management
Outputs

Health facility assessments have been conducted and results analysed in 36 facilities in Sudan. Results are being used to guide facility strengthening and training plans. KalaCORE is undertaking refurbishment of the treatment centres to ensure basic equipment is available in wards and laboratories in these 36 facilities in 10 states. 

 

 

Strengthening national surveillance
  • Improving surveillance
Outputs

KalaCORE is updating the standardised surveillance tool for VL (to be included in patient files) along with WHO and the Federal Ministry of Health taskforce. This tool will help to improve the data collection and documentation. Until the tool is fully operationalised, identified persons in each VL treatment facility have been assigned to communicate any sudden increase in cases.

KalaCORE is also collaborating with the introduction of improved health information software - District Health Information Software (DHIS2) – in Sudan, with WHO developing an interface for VL.

Under the KalaCORE programme, two VL surveillance officers, one working nationally in Khartoum and one in Gedaref, are seconded through WHO.

In response to considerable influx of refugees from VL endemic areas of South Sudan, in March 2015 KalaCORE conducted VL training in 2 clinics in White Nile camps. Following this training, the Kala Azar Hotline received an increased number of calls regarding patients diagnosed with VL, allowing for emergency intervention to transport patients to treatment centres.

 

Provision of drugs and diagnostics
  • Case management
Outputs

KalaCORE provides diagnostics and drugs to 36 health facilities in endemic regions. Monthly VL case reports show that 1,775 VL patients have been treated with KalaCORE drugs from January – September 2016.

Health provider training
  • Training health workers
Outputs

KalaCORE is providing training of 214 health providers (90 doctors and medical assistants, 90 nurses and 34 pharmacists) by University of Gedaref and of 70 laboratory technicians by the Institute of Endemic Diseases (IED). This work is conducted through a technical partnership with DNDi and contracted through WHO.

KalaCORE has already trained 5 laboratory technicians in collaboration with MoH and Médecins Sans Frontières.

Clinical Mentoring
  • Case management
  • Training health workers
Outputs

KalaCORE provides support via two mobile clinical mentoring teams to provide on-the-job training on VL case management, stock management and support for surveillance to 36 health facilities in 10 states (mostly in Gedaref and Sennar).

KalaCORE has delivered training and clinical mentoring to 176 medical staff  which has included on-the-job training for case management, stock management and support for surveillance to 36 clinics in 10 states.

Drug sensitivity monitoring
  • Case management
Outputs

KalaCORE is supporting capacity building at the Institute for Endemic Diseases (IED) for establishment of drug sensitivity monitoring (DSM) for standard anti-leishmanial drugs being used in Sudan under the national control programme becoming part of KalaCORE´s legacy. This work is conducted through a technical partnership with DNDi and contracted through WHO.