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USAID’s Act to End NTDs | West Program supports neglected tropical disease (NTD) elimination and control efforts in 11 countries, as well as activities aimed at mainstreaming NTD programs into national health systems.

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NTD community outreach in Benin
The USAID-funded program I work on, called Act to End Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) | West, helps 11 countries in West Africa to control and eliminate neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) through a strategy known as mass drug administration (MDA). Although the medicines distributed through MDA are mainly tablets, not injections that require a cold chain, the challenges aren’t all that different from those facing COVID-19 vaccine campaigns: community-wide distribution of medicine—or several medicines, in the case of NTDs—to large numbers of people as the primary intervention.
Brigitte Kouassi, community drug distributor in Divo, Cote d'Ivoire
In March 2021, the USAID Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Division and its Act to End NTDs | West and | East Programs, respectively managed by FHI 360 and RTI International, published a technical brief to complement World Health Organization’s (WHO) publication and share the experiences and key learnings of 12 National NTD Programs on their use of these tools.
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By bringing critical stakeholders together to establish a shared understanding of the barriers to NTD progress, agree on the need for collaboration, and coordinate action to continue toward NTD control and elimination, Ghana's sensitization meeting served as a catalyst for ramping up progress toward NTD sustainability in Ghana.
World NTD Day 2021
On January 30, 2021, countries across West Africa brought awareness to neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and the devastating effects they have on communities by celebrating the second annual World NTD Day.

Events

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Diseases

USAID’s Act to End NTDs | West program (Act | West) supports the elimination of five neglected tropical diseases (NTD) in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo. The program seeks to build upon the achievements of USAID’s END in Africa and Envision projects in West Africa, continuing efforts to eliminate lymphatic filariasis, trachoma, and (in selected countries) onchocerciasis as public health problems. It also aims to strengthen national NTD program capacity to sustain treatment for long-term control of schistosomiasis, onchocerciasis, and three types of soil-transmitted helminthiasis (caused by hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms), and to mainstream NTD programs into national health systems.

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Publications & Reports

04.26.2021
Semi-annual report
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) granted funding to FHI 360 for the implementation of Act to End Neglected Tropical Disease West (Act | West) program from July 19, 2018–July 18, 2023. The program is part of the global effort to eliminate neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). It particularly aims to eliminate lymphatic filariasis (LF), trachoma, and onchocerciasis (OV) (in certain countries) and control schistosomiasis (SCH) and soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH) in 11 endemic West African countries—including Burkina Faso, Benin, Cameroon, Guinea, Ghana, Côte D’Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo. It also supports achievement of sustainable service delivery, with growing ownership of national governments in the elimination and/or control of NTDs. This report outlines the key achievements and challenges in the first six months of the second year of program implementation, spanning the period April 1, 2020–September 30, 2020.
03.16.2021
Information, Education and Communication Materials, National Guidelines, Policies, Strategies or Action Plan, Tool, Training Materials
Trachoma baseline surveys, trachoma impact surveys, trachoma surveillance surveys, and trichiasis-only surveys are key disease-specific assessments of trachoma elimination programs, used to start mass drug administration (MDA), monitor progress, decide when to stop MDA, and inform attainment of elimination of trachoma as a public health problem.
02.08.2021
Journal Article

 

Webinars & Learning

09.11.2020
Meeting Report, Training Materials
West African neglected tropical diseases (NTD) programs have made great progress toward the elimination/control of NTDs amenable to preventive chemotherapy. However, some districts have failed impact surveys—notably for lymphatic filariasis and trachoma—due to implementation inadequacies, despite reporting good mass treatment coverage. A quality improvement framework has been initiated to strengthen country program interventions and address issues that hinder their ability to achieve the World Health Organization NTD road map elimination/control goals.  The workshop aims to present an innovative model for improving implementation and discuss ideas, strategies, and plans for initiating quality improvement (QI) activities. Experiences from Ghana and Sierra Leone in the design and implementation of the QI model will be shared. 
12.06.2019
Follow Dr. Didier Bakajika's update on the latest guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) on lymphatic filariasis transmission assessment surveys and best practices on Friday, December 13, 2019. Note this webinar will be in French.
12.06.2019
Nous vous invitons à suivre une mise à jour du docteur Didier Bakajika sur les dernières orientations  de l'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) en matières des enquêtes d'évaluation de la transmission de la filariose lymphatique et les meilleures pratiques.  Vous aurez également l’occasion de poser des questions.

Digital Resources

Cameroon World NTD Day 2021 by
Cameroon World NTD Day 2021
Cameroon World NTD Day 2021. USAID's Act to End NTDs | West Program, HKI/Cameroon
USAIDs Act to End NTDs | West, HKI /Sierra Leone by
USAIDs Act to End NTDs | West, HKI /Sierra Leone
Picture from SCH MDA; using the dose pole to administer treatment to school age children at RC primary school, Mobai Town, Kailahun District.