What are the factors (social, programmatic, motivational etc.) that result in female (or male) case finders being more productive and effective than male (or female) case finders?
To optimise the effectiveness and efficiency of TT case finding across all endemic districts we need to better understand the factors that contribute to successful case finding campaigns. An evaluation of our monitoring data has shown that in all countries female case finders identified more suspected cases compared to male case finders—overall the difference was almost two-fold with female case finders identifying, on average five suspected cases and male case finders identifying two suspected cases.
This study will utilise mixed methods to explore how gender plays a role in case finding, from the identification of cases in the community, through to support to access the surgery and follow-up/aftercare. The study will include areas with migratory populations where case finding activities are often more challenging, uptake is generally lower, and women have less access to surgery than men.