|Reporting Organization:||Effect Hope|
|Total Budget ($CAD):||$ 1,835,341|
|Timeframe:||April 1, 2019 - March 31, 2022|
|Bangladesh - $ 1,835,340.57 (100.00%)|
|Neglected Tropical Diseases (28 %)|
|Health Promotion & Education (22 %)|
|Health Systems, Training & Infrastructure (22 %)|
|Law, Governance & Public Policy (20 %)|
|Human Rights, Advocacy & Public Engagement (8 %)|
The project is designed with an aim to contribute towards a leprosy-free Bangladesh: there is zero transmission, zero morbidity, zero disability and zero social consequences due to leprosy. It is expected that an inclusive and functional government health system and improved health through increased access and availability of leprosy services will lead to achieve the overall goal for the project. The preconditions that are assumed to establish an inclusive and functional health system is the improved quality of leprosy services through a more responsive health care system and efficiency in surveillance, monitoring and evaluation through HMIS. On the other hand, it is assumed that improved health seeking behaviour and reducing stigma, discrimination and promoting social inclusion of People affected by leprosy will lead to improved health through increased access and availability of leprosy services.
|Gender and age:||Adult women Adult men Adolescent females Adolescent males Children, girls Children, boys Older adults, women Older adults, men|
|Descriptors:||Urban Rural Persons with NTDs|
|Total Direct Population:||716,278|
|Total Indirect Population:||1,000,161|
|8,406||Health worker Trained|
|580,250||Early Case Detection|
This project is expected to improve the quality of leprosy services, improve efficiency in surveillance, monitoring and evaluation, improve the health seeking behaviour among those affected by and at risk of leprosy, and improve social and financial protection of people affected by leprosy.
The programme’s expected results are: improved health and improved social and financial protection for people affected by leprosy; as well as improved quality of leprosy services and improved efficiency in surveillance, monitoring and evaluation of the leprosy control programme in Bangladesh.
Through health system strengthening in 19 districts, the Proyash project expects to reach a total 1,540,302 beneficiaries. That number includes 540,141 direct beneficiaries from the project activities, such as people affected by leprosy, as well as their family members, government health workforce, and Community Champions. The remaining 1,000,161 estimated indirect beneficiaries will be community members who will receive information about leprosy through Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaigns in communities and schools, or who will participate in extended contact surveys. As this is a health system strengthening proposal, many of the activities involve capacity building or working within and through the leprosy control programme. Direct beneficiaries of these activities are the government health workforce. This includes doctors, TB and Leprosy Control Assistants (TLCA), Programme Organisers (PO) and other field health staff, as well as health staff in policy-making roles.
Despite the obstacles encountered due to COVID-19, this project was able to achieve more than 90% of its target activities. These include training government healthcare workers, screening community members for early case detection of leprosy, raising awareness through awareness campaigns and advocacy activities.