Mapping, early diagnosis and treatment of leishmaniasis in endemic communities in northern Nicaragua
The project aims to contribute to controlling leishmaniasis in hyper endemic areas in northern Nicaragua with the collaboration of MoH (Ministry of Health), the network of community health leaders and the technical team of Fundación Damián. The place where the project will be implemented centres around Matagalpa, Jinotega, Minas and Nueva Segovia.
The socio-political and health situation is in deep political crisis characterised by social unrest, a failing economy and polarisation on several issues. In terms of government spending on health, the government allocates 73.3 USD per person per year (2017), the equivalent of €0.85988. The fertility rate is 2.3 children and life expectancy at birth is 75.8 years. Currently, there are some 4,000 cases of leishmaniasis diagnosed annually and treated with Glucantime.
The following activities are planned to make this a reality:
- Comprehensive visits to the endemic municipalities together with the Ministry of Health.
- Small health fairs in San Ramon and Siuna.
- Actively seeking out leishmaniasis patients in El Cua.
- Training the community and family health program team, laboratory personnel and health brigades.
- Hubs in endemic municipalities.
- Socio-economic support for families living in extreme poverty.
The entire general population seeking comprehensive health care and receiving educational talks on disease prevention and promotion measures will be indirect beneficiaries.