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Collaborative Campaign Planning of Vitamin A Supplementation and LF Elimination

A pilot study of collaborative planning for integration of vitamin A supplementation and mass drug administration for eliminating lymphatic filariasis (LF) in Nepal.

Summary

A pilot study of collaborative planning for integration of mass drug administration (MDA) and vitamin supplementation campaigns.

 

Nepal

Rainas municipality, Lamjung district

NTD, Vitamin A

Vitamin A Supplementation and Lymphatic Filariasis MDA

  • Set up a working group or coordinating group to oversee campaign integration.
  • Sensitize health workers to integration.
  • Develop a complementary monitoring and supervision approach to guide health/community workers.
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Key Messages

The Health, Education, Agriculture, and Logistics (HEAL) Group examined the collaborative planning process for partial integration of vitamin A supplementation and mass drug administration (MDA) for lymphatic filariasis (LF) in Nepal.

  • Collaborative planning should involve stakeholders from both campaigns and across multiple levels (federal, local, and community). 
  • Leadership in the concerned division of the Ministry of Health can play an important role in the promotion of the programmatic need and policy mandate for integration.
  • Use of a complementary monitoring and supervision (CMS) approach can help identify and reach persons in need of a specific intervention.
  • Collaborative planning is an opportunity to identify local community groups to mobilize for the campaign.
  • Strengthening the capacity and systems of support for health workers is needed to minimize confusion about implementing integrated campaign activities, and to ensure clear messaging to the community.
  • Communities should be sensitized using culturally appropriate information, education and communication (IEC) materials that address specific concerns in the local language, with familiar images to clearly communicate concepts.
  • Sufficient time should be allocated to train local health facility staff and female community health volunteers (FCHVs) in the use of tools developed for microplanning for the integrated campaign.
  • To encourage intersectoral collaboration, sectors such as education, agriculture, women and children, veterinary, and ayurveda should be included in collaborative planning meetings at the municipal level.

Involve stakeholders from both campaigns and across multiple levels. In this project, collaborative planning included stakeholders from both the LF elimination and Vitamin A programs at all levels.