Integration and scale up of care package – the EnDPoINT Consortium
Work package 1.
This work package aims to integrate the different foot care and psychosocial care interventions for NTDs which cause lymphoedema (including lymphatic filariasis, podoconiosis and leprosy) into a holistic care package, that is embedded into routine health care services in selected districts in Ethiopia. An implementation research approach will allow the research team (the 'Excellence in Disability Prevention Integrated across NTDs' (EnDPoINT) Consortium, drawn from UK based researchers and Ethiopia based researchers, policy makers and practitioners), to document the processes and outcomes of the integration efforts, in 'real-time'.
We will explore the factors that influence the integration process by focusing on the nature of the diseases and their perception amongst the target communities (disease narrative), the nature of the intervention, the type of policy actors involved and their interrelationships (adoption systems), the health systems' characteristics, and other pertinent factors related to the wider social, political, economic, cultural and technological context.
This work package will inform existing plans on the part of the Ministry of Health in Ethiopia to scale up integrated foot care and psychosocial support for lymphoedema patients, nationally. This will in turn enable the research team to extend its involvement into evaluation of these national scale-up efforts. The research team intends to transfer the insights gained through this work package beyond Ethiopia to inform further research, policy and action in similar low income settings. Active involvement of local researchers, policy makers and practitioners, will also ensure that the work contributes toward building critical capacity in implementation research within Ethiopia.
Prof Gail Davey >
Prof Stephen Bremner >
Dr Kebede Deribe >
Dr Maya Semrau >
Dr Natalia Hounsome >
Prof Abebaw Fekadu >
Watch Abraham Tesfaye, a researcher at CDT Africa, discuss his research in relation to this work package.