Supporting the Bihar VL Elimination Programme

22 January 2016

Visceral leishmaniasis is a parasitic disease of public health importance in the Indian sub-continent, which is transmitted by P.argentipes sand flies. With an estimated 50% of cases across the region originating from Bihar, eliminating Kala-azar from the State has become a high priority. Since the inception of the elimination programme in the 1940s, the national programme has used indoor residual spraying with DDT as the main strategy used to eliminate the disease.