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PATH began its work in India in the late 1990s, bringing governments, communities, private-sector companies, and experienced public health practitioners together to address some of the country’s most crucial health problems. In early 2000, the scope of our India program expanded with a major immunization initiative for the state of Andhra Pradesh. Today, PATH’s India projects focus on TB, immunization, HIV/AIDS, injection safety, maternal health, and more.
PATH’s project “Technical Support to the Government of Uttar Pradesh for Kala-azar Elimination in Endemic Districts” in eight districts of U.P. The project will hire four District Technical Officers (DTOs) in U.P. for technical support. The DTO will be and will be based in one of those districts to support the field activities within their assigned districts. The DTO will report to the State Coordinator. S/he will be required to coordinate with state / district officials and partners.
The specific scope of work would include the following activities:
- DTO will be responsible for KA elimination project work in 2-3 districts.
- DTO will supervise assigned block monitors in their respective districts and will make regular field visits to monitor and supervise the work of the block monitors in their assigned districts.
- S/he will coordinate with division/district officials like, District Malaria Officer, District Task Force, and other partners for KA elimination activities including but not limited to:
- Review and validation of the mapping and health facility assessment data submitted by the block monitors
- Impart quality orientation/trainings for Medical Officers, Auxiliary nurse midwives (ANMs), ASHA workers, Anganwadi workers (AWWs), paramedical staff, laboratory technicians, and health supervisors on early identification of a suspect case, diagnosis, management, and public awareness
- Undertake SWOT analysis for district health care delivery system with special focus on KA elimination through regular discussion with district level officials, and capacity building on using surveillance data and tracking Kala-azar (KA) and Post Kala-azar Dermal Leishmaniasis (PKDL) cases.
- Compilation and analysis of KA case data (district wise line-list) and generating weekly/monthly progress reports for sharing with State Coordinator/ State Program Officer (SPO).
- Organize inter-sectoral coordination meetings at district/divisional level on a quarterly basis between various departments for planning and implementation of community awareness campaigns for KA preventive/control measures.
- Coordinate with SPO to ensure the availability of drugs and diagnostic kits at treatment centers.
- The capacity building of indoor residual spraying (IRS) team.
- Supervise block monitors for timely submission of work plans and weekly/monthly reports
- Any other work assigned as per project requirement.