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DFIT Teams in Districts

The concept of providing support to leprosy control at district level through technical teams was conceived and operationalised in Bihar since 1996. Initially limited number of districts were supported and later expanded to other districts. Intervention through the District team Strategy was required in the State because of various long-lasting gaps like inadequate infrastructure, resources, expertise and supervision and monitoring and social problems like low literacy, extreme poverty, and frequent natural calamities. The team was responsible for capacity building of the staff at various levels with strengthening of infrastructure facility. This became a pioneering strategy which was adapted by WHO and other ILEP members in India.

Seeing the progress and the success in leprosy control programme this strategy was adopted and extended for T.B control programme.

DFIT team covers the following districts field areas:

States Covered No of Teams in State Districts Covered Names of the districts
Tamilnadu 04 13 Trichy, Salem, Madurai, Tanjavur, Ariyalur, Pudukkotai, Karur, Virdunagar, Perembalur, Darmapuri, Krishnagiri, Kanchipuram & Tiruvallur
Andhra Pradesh 03 06 Nellore, Prakasam, Chitoor, Kadappa, Karnool & Anantapur
Bihar 10 27 Patna, Bhojpur, Aurangabad, Nawada, Vaishali, Saran, Siwan, Gopalganj, Madhubani, Supaul, Sheohar, Saharsa , Khagaria, Araria, Nalanda, East Champaran, West Champaran, Darbhanga, Sitamarhi, Purnea, Katihar, Madhepura, Kishangani, Rohtas, Gaya, Jehanabad & Arwal
Jharkhand 04 08 Gumla, Lohardaga, Simdega, East Singhbum, West Singhbum & Saraikela

Activities for Leprosy Control

  • Facilitate identification and referral of new leprosy patients for treatment to Govt. facility.
  • Facilitate follow-up of patients with Lepra reaction.
  • Maintain and update the list of persons affected by leprosy with disability.
  • Engage community by involving civil society organisations and volunteers for patient support and monitoring.
  • Refer eligible persons for reconstructive surgery.
  • Provide demonstration and counselling to the persons affected by leprosy with disability to practice self care to prevent deformity.
  • Provide socio economic support for the needy leprosy patients towards enhancing the livelihood.

Activities for TB control

  • Regular follow-up of MDR-TB patients and provide counselling to them and their family members.
  • Strengthening the lab services through placement of Lab Technicians in selected Govt. health facilities, training of lab technicians, STLSs, infrastructure support and logistics on stop gap arrangements.
  • Facilitate training of all cadres of government health care staff and community volunteers in Tuberculosis Attend the PHC/district/State level review meetings and discuss problems and suggest suitable solutions.
  • Facilitate the involvement of stakeholders Visit PHCs, DMCs, RMPs, MDR-TB patients and DOT providers periodically to ensure that the guidelines are followed.
  • Support in retrieval of absentees and defaulters for the treatment.
  • Identify needy TB patients and provide them nutritional supplementation during the course of the treatment.