Our goal
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.

Diseases gone

Countries strong

What's new

Can you imagine trying to provide for your family while sick with a disease that makes your eyelashes turn inward and painfully scratch your corneas with each blink? Or attending school when your skin itches nonstop because you are infected with worms? These are some of the challenges that people with neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) face every day.
Lymphatic filariasis (LF) is a highly debilitating and stigmatizing disease that impacts the lives of the poorest. LF can lead to severe swelling and cause permanent disability. Since 2001, Burkina Faso has treated large numbers of people with medicines each year to prevent and break the transmission of LF and ultimately, to eliminate the disease as a nationwide public health problem.
This workshop will help in-country program managers have better understanding and use of available tools for implementation of high-quality diseases-specific assessments (DSAs).
In the past, our understanding of the demographics of these workers has been limited, but with increased access to sex-disaggregated data, we begin to explore the implications of gender and sex for the success of NTD front-line workers.

Stopping NTDs in 11 west

African Countries

Burkina Faso
Cote d’Ivoire
Sierra Leone

Featured Resources

Publications & Reports

Tara Brandt of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided guidance on using diagnostic tests—particularly filariasis test strips—for diagnosing LF on January 14, 2020.
Emily Toubali presented an overview of USAID's progress in helping countries in its NTD portfolio stop lymphatic filariasis transmission on January 14, 2020.
Dr. Didier Bakajika of the World Health Organization's Global Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis presented WHO's guidance for transmission assessment surveys at the USAID lymphatic filariasis transmission assessment survey workshop, hosted by the Act to End NTDs | West and Act to End NTDs | East programs in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire on January 15, 2020.

Digital Resources

Community MDA in Togo by
Community MDA in Togo
A community volunteers in Togo hands a mother medicine to protect her child from neglected tropical diseases under USAID's END in Africa project. Credit: HDI
Health Worker Checks Child for LF in Burkina Faso by
Health Worker Checks Child for LF in Burkina Faso
A health worker in Burkina Faso takes a sample of a child's blood to test for lymphatic filariasis under USAID's END in Africa project. Credit: HKI
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