Benin has successfully stopped mass drug administration (MDA) for lymphatic filariasis in the country following the likely interruption of transmission of the causative parasite in all 48 endemic districts. The last four remaining districts stopped MDA as of FY21 (October 2020 – September 2021).
Benin was validated by the WHO as having eliminated trachoma as a public health problem in May 2023.
The Act West Program supported the country in developing the first draft of the onchocerciasis national strategic plan in FY22 (October 2021 – September 2022). The plan defines the strategic priorities and the mechanisms necessary to achieve interruption of transmission by 2025 in all the endemic foci.
In May 2022 Benin conducted its first schistosomiasis/soil-transmitted helminthiasis (SCH/STH) impact assessment to evaluate the impact of 5-9 rounds of SCH/STH MDA. In total, 53 sub-districts across 10 districts were re-surveyed. The results showed after multiple rounds of MDA, SCH and STH infection had significantly reduced compared to baseline and the country can move to a more focused sub-district treatment strategy. Another 13 districts have been approved to conduct more impact assessments in 2023.
Standard Disease-Specific Indicators as of FY21
FY21 is October 2020 through September 2021
of ever-endemic districts have stopped mass drug administration (MDA) as of FY21
(i.e. have passed stop MDA survey, TAS1 (First Transmission Assessment Survey))*
*MDA has stopped in all districts in Benin
of ever-endemic districts in post-surveillance phase as of FY21
(i.e. have passed last surveillance survey, TAS3 (third Transmission Assessment Survey))
of persons no longer at risk as of FY21 among those who were ever at risk
Benin, which received support from USAID through the ENVISION and Act | West programs, was validated by WHO as having eliminated trachoma as a public health problem in May 2023.
of ever endemic districts have been treated at least once as of FY21
(in cases where a country has more treated districts reported than, ever endemic, the adjusted percent is 100%)