NaPAN has recently entered into contractual agreement to roll out a project entitled as Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) Morbidity Mapping and Management in Ethiopia . The project is component of the ASCEND Program financed by the UK Foreign Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) and granted through Crown Agents Limited. It is a one year project, February, 2021 to January, 2022, implemented in 45 LF endemic districts.
The project is designed to render two services: Morbidity Mapping and Morbidity Management. The first service consists in assessing the burden of LF related morbidities by mapping LF in 24 districts where the burden of the disease has not been known before. This service will be done by Health Extension Workers (HEW) through house‐to‐house screening of every household. The staff of catchment Health center will supervise the mapping exercise.
The second service, morbidity management and disability prevention, revolves around two outcomes: one is improved access to morbidity management services. The activities will consist in the provision of lymphoedema morbidity management service at Health Centers and Health posts level for 20,000 individuals. This entails training of health staff and equipping health facilities in the targeted districts with necessary equipment and supplies. The service will include the provision of hydrocelectomies service at hospitals for 1,500 individuals. This service will be implemented in 45 LF endemic districts. The other outcome is preventive measures, including hygiene promotion and behaviour change communication. The is, the project will provide community awareness, prevention of stigma and discrimination and psychosocial support. This includes Information Education and Communication (IEC) and Behaviour Change Communication (BCC) material development and roll‐out thereby ensuring social care and prevention of stigma and discrimination.