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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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Read about the artists who have found an innovative way to combine their work with their passion for improving the health of the people of Guinea.
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.

Events

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

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Nov 17, 2021 - Nov 21, 2021
Nov 15, 2020 - Nov 19, 2020
Nov 15, 2020 - Nov 19, 2020
Online #TropMed20
Nov 12, 2020 - Nov 14, 2020
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

06.14.2021
Tool
The Global Health Science and Practice Technical Exchange (GHTechX) took place virtually from April 21 - 24, 2021. The event is curated through a partnership between USAID, the George Washington University, and the Global Health: Science and Practice Journal. Our goal is to convene speakers and technical sessions that highlight the latest and greatest in global health, with participants spanning global health experts, students, and professionals from across the global health community.
06.04.2021
Information, Education and Communication Materials, Tool
This webinar is part of a series of capacity-building webinars to enhance national NTD program supply chain competences and create space for cross-country experience sharing.
06.04.2021
Information, Education and Communication Materials, Tool
Cet évènement s’inscrit dans le cadre d’une série de webinaires de renforcement des capacités visant à améliorer les compétences nationales en matière de chaîne d’approvisionnement des programmes de MTN et à créer un espace de partage d’expérience entre pays.

Webinars & Learning

05.20.2021
Tool, Training Materials
Adverse events (AEs) particularly severe adverse events (SAEs) during and following mass drug administration have a serious effect not only on the people who are affected directly, but also on the viability of the MOH’s national NTD control program.
05.20.2021
Tool
Les effets indésirables (EI) particulièrement les effets indésirables graves (EIG) associés à l’administration de médicaments de masse ont un impact grave non seulement sur les personnes directement touchées, mais aussi sur la viabilité du programme national de lutte contre les maladies tropicales négligées (MTN) du ministère de la Santé.
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. 

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.