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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 sustainability plan political validation meeting in Cote d'Ivoire
On October 8, 2020, Dr. Soro Kountelegona, Chief of Staff of the Ministry of Health of Côte d’Ivoire, did something that represents a milestone in the fight against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in West Africa. He convened a high-level meeting of representatives of various ministries in the Government of Côte d’Ivoire’s cabinet and presented a draft of the 2021–2023 national neglected tropical diseases sustainability plan to the cabinet as well as international and other national stakeholders for political validation, endorsement, and adoption. 
Community member Alpha Oumar Fofana: we’ve seen important long-term benefits from taking NTD medicines. Photo: HKI/Guinea
What does it take to distribute almost 20 million pills to over 4.4 million people in just 14 days? Planning, training, and mobilization of thousands of community drug distributors (CDDs)—key elements that programs targeting neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) must organize in a typical year. But this is not a typical year.
Kisito Ogoussan
The close of the #NNN2020 annual conference, titled Accelerating to 2030: Building Resilient NTD Programmes in a Changing World, marked a changing of the guard in the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) NGO Network (NNN). On September 10, 2020, FHI 360’s Kisito Ogoussan became the 2020–2021 NNN chair, after serving as vice chair the previous year. As Dr. Ogoussan assumed his new position from the previous chair, Helen Keller International’s (HKI) Yaobi Zhang (who will now serve on the executive committee as immediate past chair), World Vision’s Arielle Dolegui simultaneously stepped into her new role as 2020–2021 NNN vice chair.
A woman shows people how to wash their hands
Although preparations had been underway for weeks, there were now just 72 hours to go before the 2020 mass drug administration (MDA) treatment campaign for two neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)—lymphatic filariasis (LF) and onchocerciasis—would begin in the four geographic areas (called communes) of Ouinhi, Covè, Zagnanado, and Za-Kpota—and the tension was almost palpable.

Events

Some of the latest happenings in Act to End NTDs West. Check out some of the highlights.

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Nov 15, 2020 - Nov 19, 2020
Online #TropMed20
Nov 12, 2020 - Nov 14, 2020
Online #COR_NTD20

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

12.17.2020
Data or Indicators, Semi-annual report
This report outlines the key achievements and challenges in the first six months of the second year of implementation of USAID's Act to End NTDs | West Program, spanning the period October 1, 2019–March 31, 2020.
12.11.2020
Guidelines or Reference Manual, Tool, Training Materials
This resource document complements the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) guidance for NTD programs released on July 27, 2020.
10.07.2020
Advocacy Materials, Data or Indicators
Cette brochure résume le travail de la loi de l'USAID pour mettre fin aux MTN | Programme Ouest, qui donne une vue d’ensemble des activités du programme et des progrès accomplis à ce jour alors que nous continuons à prendre des mesures pour perturber les dommages causés par les maladies débilitantes de la pauvreté. Construit sur la base d'une large coopération internationale et mis en œuvre par un consortium solide de partenaires profondément engagés, dirigé par FHI 360, Act | West travaille en étroite collaboration avec les gouvernements de 11 pays africains pour éliminer et contrôler à long terme cinq des MTN les plus courantes au monde.

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.

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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