Mixed method study to improve outcome of Mass Drug Administration in two districts of Uttar Pradesh that failed the Transmission Assessment Survey

PATH, a Washington based non-profit organization, aims to advance health equity through innovation and partnerships. Specifically, in relation to improving outcome of future transmission assessment surveys and community compliance for Mass Drug Administration (MDA) in 14 Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) endemic districts of Uttar Pradesh, PATH wishes to carry out The Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases (COR-NTD) study in two districts of Uttar Pradesh i.e. Varanasi and Chitrakoot.
The study will explore of the association between culture, beliefs, religion, gender, age, hesitancy and perception of the community & health care providers on drug compliance during MDA campaign. The study will have two phases – pre- and post-intervention phase. In the pre-intervention phase, baseline data will be collected for last MDA coverage through household survey and motivational score of drug administrators will be calculated through drug administrator survey. In the post-intervention phase, the impact of the intervention package and motivational score of the drug administrators will be measured by comparing the data collected through the household surveys and drug administrator survey of both the phases respectively. Qualitative assessment of intervention package will be conducted through FGDs and IDIs.
In the post-intervention phase, mixed method approach would yet again be adopted, covering a similar sample size for quantitative and qualitative components to gauge the impact of the revised MDA campaign.

Client: - PATH

State Covered: Uttar Pradesh
Duration: July 2020 – ongoing

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