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Mass treatment for trachoma: how does it all work?

Rono HK - Community Eye Health (2013)

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Affiliation: Ophthalmologist, Kitale District Hospital, Kitale, Kenya.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) initiated a global programme to eliminate trachoma by 2020... At its core is the SAFE strategy: Surgery, Antibiotics, Facial cleanliness and Environmental improvement to reduce transmission... Trachoma control efforts have increased with mass drug administration (MDA) of azithromycin (Zithromax), an antibiotic donated by Pfizer Inc... Health workers in managerial positions, also referred to as the District Health Management Team (DHMT), gather to do the following: choose drug distribution points and drug storage sites determine the target population for each location and distribution point procure the drugs (azithromycin) determine the human resources needed select divisional coordinators and supervisors prepare the distribution budget meet with the partner(s) supporting MDA, which may be an NGO and/or a district or regional authority... The staff member designated as the divisional coordinator explains the purpose of the MDA, the reasons for choosing this area, and the drugs being used... They also discuss the potential side effects of the drugs to dispel negative information and perceptions... We have found that it is best to engage everyone in discussion, rather than merely giving a lecture... First, the DHMT members involved in managing the MDA meet to discuss the number of CHEWs and community volunteers needed (Table 1) and what training they might require... These include identifying the areas that have not been visited... In cases of side effects or adverse drug reactions, CHEWs give first aid and notify the Ministry of Health immediately... They work together to ensure every team has enough azithromycin to ensure smooth distribution and that unused drugs are returned to a central store... Supervisors collate the reports submitted by teams and send them to the coordinator they report to... Coordinators collate all the supervisor reports and send them to the DHMT.

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Mass treatment for trachoma: how does it all work?

Rono HK - Community Eye Health (2013)

Hillary K Rono
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Affiliation: Ophthalmologist, Kitale District Hospital, Kitale, Kenya.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) initiated a global programme to eliminate trachoma by 2020... At its core is the SAFE strategy: Surgery, Antibiotics, Facial cleanliness and Environmental improvement to reduce transmission... Trachoma control efforts have increased with mass drug administration (MDA) of azithromycin (Zithromax), an antibiotic donated by Pfizer Inc... Health workers in managerial positions, also referred to as the District Health Management Team (DHMT), gather to do the following: choose drug distribution points and drug storage sites determine the target population for each location and distribution point procure the drugs (azithromycin) determine the human resources needed select divisional coordinators and supervisors prepare the distribution budget meet with the partner(s) supporting MDA, which may be an NGO and/or a district or regional authority... The staff member designated as the divisional coordinator explains the purpose of the MDA, the reasons for choosing this area, and the drugs being used... They also discuss the potential side effects of the drugs to dispel negative information and perceptions... We have found that it is best to engage everyone in discussion, rather than merely giving a lecture... First, the DHMT members involved in managing the MDA meet to discuss the number of CHEWs and community volunteers needed (Table 1) and what training they might require... These include identifying the areas that have not been visited... In cases of side effects or adverse drug reactions, CHEWs give first aid and notify the Ministry of Health immediately... They work together to ensure every team has enough azithromycin to ensure smooth distribution and that unused drugs are returned to a central store... Supervisors collate the reports submitted by teams and send them to the coordinator they report to... Coordinators collate all the supervisor reports and send them to the DHMT.

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