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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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World NTD Day 2023 Banner
The 4th World NTD Day (WNTDD) was feted in style on January 30, 2023, by 8 of the 11 countries in USAID’s Act to End NTDs | West program. Celebrations kicked off in Benin with a health walk, which welcomed civil society organizations, and a presentation to school-aged children around schistosomiases and soil-transmitted helminthiases. The annual international observance marks progress toward eliminating or controlling neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and brings awareness to the five NTDs covered by the Act to end NTDs program.
Madame Denise Kponton, 74 years old, is very attentive during a training session for community distributors held at the Parakou health center on November 24, 2022.
74-year-old Madame Denise Kponton has worked as a community distributor in Benin for over 13 years. This work has made her a pillar for her community...
Madame Denise Kponton, 74 years old, is very attentive during a training session for community distributors held at the Parakou health center on November 24, 2022.
« Avec Maman locotoro, qu’on soit petit ou grand, on prend son vaccin ou on boit son médicament avec grand sourire, » déclare Mme Denise Kponton, 74 ans, relais communautaire au Bénin depuis 13 ans...
Burkina Faso representative, Mr. Kone Sinaly speaking with participants around him looking on
The November 9-11 Sustainability Pause and Reflect Regional Workshop in Dakar, Senegal gathered government and supporting partner representatives from the 11 Act | West-supported countries and stakeholders...


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2022 APHA Annual Meeting & Expo
Nov 06, 2022 - Nov 09, 2022
Boston, Massachusetts
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ASTMH 2022 Annual Meeting
Oct 30, 2022 - Nov 04, 2022
Seattle Convention Center Seattle, Washington
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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.

Featured Resources

Publications & Reports

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Semi-annual report
This report outlines the key achievements and challenges in the last six months of the fourth year of program implementation, spanning the period April 1, 2022 - September 31, 2022.
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Work Plan
FY23 Work Plans for each of Act | West's 11 countries.
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Guidelines or Reference Manual
WHO manual on implementing preventative chemotherapy against neglected tropical diseases provides generic tools for those involved in planning preventative chemotherapy administration. The publication was released in September 2022.

Webinars & Learning

Webinar sur les Effets Indésirables Graves
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.
SAE Webinar
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.
USAID's Act to End NTDs | West's Kisito Ogoussan
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.