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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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Togo's Chief of Staff to MOH with USAID representative at head table
Health leaders of the Togo Ministry of Health, Public Hygiene and Universal Access to Care Togo Ministry of Health, along with program officials from the ministries of economy and finance, education, agriculture, and youth and partner organizations gathered in Lomé on November 11th to launch and disseminate the country’s Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) sustainability plan.
Sustainability workshop participants around a table
USAID’s Act to End NTDs | West Program (Act | West) is supporting the Ghanaian NTD Program to strengthen its program operations, analyze its financial needs, and assess its current and desired state along a continuum of six sustainability outcomes (Coordination, Policy & Planning, Operational Capacity, Information Systems, Services, and Financing).  Building on this momentum, the NTD Program commenced the creation of a sustainability plan that will guide the Program and its partners on the planning, implementation, and monitoring of steps taken to maintain and continue these achievements.
Sierra Leone Prioritizes Community Ownership in Sustainability Plan Development
In June 2021, the Sierra Leone National NTD Program (NNTDP), with support from USAID’s Act to End NTDs | West (Act | West) program, convened key stakeholders[1] to develop a five-year NTD Sustainability Plan to mainstream NTDs into routine health service delivery, national policies, and financing for sustainable NTD programming.

Events

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

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Act | West at ASTMH 2021Nov 17, 2021 - Nov 21, 2021
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Act | West at the ASTMH 2020 Annual MeetingNov 15, 2020 - Nov 19, 2020
Nov 15, 2020 - Nov 19, 2020
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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

Act to End NTDs | West FY22 Annual Work Plan11.16.2021Work PlanThe FY22 Work Plan for FHI 360 covers October 1, 2021 - September 30, 2022, the fourth year of the five-year program.
Global Health Science and Practice Technical Exchange06.14.2021ToolThe 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.
Evaluation of NTD Warehouse Facilities and Processes06.04.2021Information, Education and Communication Materials, ToolThis 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.

Webinars & Learning

Severe Adverse Event Webinar 05.20.2021Tool, Training MaterialsAdverse 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.
Webinar sur les Effets Indésirables Graves05.20.2021ToolLes 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.
Applying a quality improvement model to neglected tropical diseases program implementation: supporting programs in identifying keys for sustaining operations09.11.2020Meeting Report, Training MaterialsWest 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.