Evaluation of alternative indicators for stopping trachoma mass drug administration

To assess the relationships between the prevalence of the clinical sign TF compared to prevalence of infection and antibody in Chikwawa and Mchinji districts

Countries: Malawi
Diseases: Trachoma

Bangladesh STH Diagnostic Comparison: PCR vs. Kato-Katz

To determine if a standardized multi-parallel-PCR assay is a more sensitive diagnostic tool for detecting Hookworm, Trichuris trichiura, Ascaris lumbricoides, and Strongyloides prevalence compared to the Kato-Katz stool test.

Countries: Bangladesh

Adding Antibody Testing to Mini-TAS

To compare results from Brugia Rapid tests (in 3 districts) and FTS (in 2 districts) with Wb123 rapid tests and Wb123 and Bm14 ELISA testing.


Preliminary Findings

  • In March and April 2017, NIMPE had organized teams to go to the field to collect samples. In Duy Tien district, all of 20 primary schools were visited and 320 pupils were tested. In Quang Ninh district, all of 21 primary schools were visited and 323 students participated in the survey. In Le Thuy district, 35 of 38 primary schools were visited and 344 pupils had blood samples taken. 
  • In total, 987 serum samples were collected but one sample was ran out of serum after doing quick tests (Brugia rapid and FTS). Finally, 986 samples were collected for the antibodies test. The serum samples were kept in frieze (-20 0 C) until analysis. Base on the cut–off 0.096 that was calculated by CDC, no positive case was found by this technique.
  • Wb123 testing was applied in all three districts to detect W. bancrofti antibody. All 986 samples were tested, but no positive case was found. This result did not indicate that the Wb123 testing accuracy is equivalent to FTS but did show that no cross action with B. malayi and other parasites was found within the study. 
  • All 986 serum samples that collected from the three districts in the Mini TAS were tested by Bm14 to detect B.malayi antibody. No positive case was recorded and this result was comparable to the result from Brugia rapid test.
  • Following these data, the researchers supposed that the ELISA testing could be comparable to the quick testing with regards to accuracy. However, since no positive case was found and we could not conclude about the sensitivity and the specificity of the test. Therefore, a further study should be continued especially in endemic areas in which possibly can find some positive cases for assessment and conclusion.
Countries: Viet Nam

Understanding the best uses of the Supervisor's Coverage Tool (SCT) for monitoring school-based distributions

  • To use the Supervisor's Coverage Tool (SCT) to monitor school-based deworming;
  • To determine the feasibility of utilizing the Lot Quality Assurance Sampling (LQAS) methodology in a school-based SCT; and 
  • To apply a checklist in schools to elicit information about the performance of the MDA.

While the Supervisor’s Coverage Tool (SCT), a rapid in-process monitoring tool for improving mass drug administration (MDA) coverage, has been approved by WHO for use in communities, questions still remain about its utility for school-based sampling. As a result, the SCT was implemented in 20 randomly selected schools in each of six sub-counties (used as Supervision Areas) in three Kenyan counties in March 2017. A total of 120 students were selected and interviewed. 

Findings and lessons learned:

  • The coverage for albendazole was classified as “good”, meaning above the WHO threshold, in 5 of the 6 SAs; however, only 1 SA was classified as having “good” coverage for praziquantel. In 3 of the 6 SAs, the Praziquantel coverage was classified as “inadequate”, including an SA that did not receive a supply of praziquantel to distribute.
  • The most common reasons for not swallowing the drugs were students’ absences and drugs being out of stock or expired. The most common reasons for refusing intake of praziquantel were fear of side effects and religious beliefs, including misinformation coming from teachers to students about beliefs that albendazole was safe for all children, whereas praziquantel was dangerous and only reserved for sick children.
  • Some of the challenges during the SCT activity were schools that operated half day, schools that had ongoing examinations, and unforeseen closure of a school on the day of SCT implementation, which made the random selection of students difficult. In addition, when an absent student or a student over 15 years of age (ineligible due to age range) was selected, it resulted in a loss of time since the selection needed to be repeated. Class interruptions to conduct the study were also not welcomed by some schools.
  • While implementing the SCT in schools seems efficient compared to community SCT implementation, it is important to make sure that enrolment registers are accurate. Often, teachers at the schools with incomplete registers do not want to be held accountable.
  • The cost of the SCT could be greatly reduced by implementing it in a shorter time period of three days instead of five, and with a pair of individuals per SA instead of four. The SCT can easily be integrated into routine supervisory activities as part of the MDA, and it can be conducted immediately after the MDA. It is a feasible activity that should be considered for widespread adoption. 
Countries: Kenya

Integrated Transmission Assessment Survey (iTAS) in Burkina Faso

To study the feasibility of LF and Oncho (Filariases) integrated transmission assessment survey (iTAS)  according to both LF and Onchocerciasis  WHO elimination guidelines

Countries: Burkina Faso

Integrated Transmission Assessment Survey (iTAS) in Nigeria

To study the feasibility of LF and Oncho (Filariases) integrated transmission assessment survey iTAS) according to both LF and Onchocerciasis WHO elimination guidelines

Countries: Nigeria

IDA Acceptability Study (India)

Assess the overall acceptability of the 3-drug treatment in the community as compared to the 2-drug treatment

Countries: India

Integrated Mapping of Onchocerciasis, Lymphatic Filariasis, and Loiasis in Cameroon

To pilot a strategy for mapping and treating Onchocerciasis and Lymphatic Filariasis in Loa loa co-endemic areas.

Countries: Cameroon