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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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Mabinty Kalokoh, a 30-year-old woman from Sierra Leone’s northern Bombali district, who suffers from occasional painful episodes of swelling and fever, vestiges of a neglected tropical disease called lymphatic filariasis
Situation analyses are valuable because they give national NTD programs a more complete picture of where LF and trachoma morbidity management services are most needed, how well equipped the health system is to provide these services, and which gaps need to be filled to better reach people who need treatment and care.
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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.
A nurse from the Salembaoré Health and Social Promotion Centre meets with a family during a survey registration session. Photo: Lucien Mano, HKI-Burkina Faso
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.
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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).

Stopping NTDs in 11 west

African Countries

Benin
Burkina Faso
Cameroon
Cote d’Ivoire
Ghana
Guinea
Mali
Niger
Senegal
Sierra Leone
Togo

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Publications & Reports

05.26.2020
Guidelines or Reference Manual
The gender strategy contains an actionable set of recommendations, based on literature and quantitative and qualitative data, intended to contribute to the overall achievement of Act to End NTDs | West program objectives as well as increased gender equality throughout program implementation.
05.22.2020
Training Materials
The Carter Center's Emily Griswold presents on improving mass drug administration tools on January 16, 2020.
05.22.2020
Training Materials
Updates on operational research for lymphatic filariasis were shared from the Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center on January 16, 2020.

Webinars & Learning

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

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