Kala-azar (KA), also known as visceral leishmaniasis (VL), is an infectious disease caused by the Leishmania parasite when it is transmitted by the bite of an infected sandfly. This document contains the WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia's and The Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases' (TDR) recommended indicators for monitoring and evaluation of the kala-azar elimination programme.
The document is presented in two parts:
• Part 1 covers case detection and management.
• Part 2 covers vector management.
The indicators outlined in this document were developed by representatives from Bangladesh, India and Nepal at a WHO-TDR sponsored workshop on kala-azar held in Dhaka, Bangladesh 8–16 June 2009 and were endorsed by the regional technical advisory committee (RTAG) in Dhaka, Bangladesh 7–10 December 2009.
II.UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases. ISBN 978-92-4-150037-1, 40 pp.