2022 NNN Conference
13 Sep 22 - 15 Sep 22 | Yak & Yeti Hotel Kathmandu, Nepal
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NTDs in health systems - innovate, integrate, & empower

The 13th Annual Neglected Tropical Disease NGO (NNN) Conference, whose theme is NTDs in health systems - innovate, integrate, & empower, aligns with Pillar 2 of the 2021-2030 road map for NTDs and invites us to find innovative solutions to collaborate and mutualize resources across NTD and other sectors; integrate NTD priorities within health systems; and ultimately empower national programs for sustained ownership of planning, implementation, and person-centered approaches to service delivery.

NNN Conference 2022 Program

Country
All Countries
Disease
All Preventive Chemotherapy NTDs
USAID’s Act | West program has a strong presence in this year’s #NNN2022. Check out the following workshops:

Wednesday, September 14
Schistosomiasis and Soil-Transmitted Helminthiasis Disease Specific Group

Time: 11:30 - 13:00 Local Time 

Both in-person and on zoom 

Language: English with French interpretation 

SCH WG NNN 2022 PPT.pdf

Time (local)
Topic/Talk
Speaker/Facilitator
11:30
Welcome & Housekeeping
Anouk Gouvras
11:33
Talk 1 - SCH-STH DSG and Survey results
Anouk Gouvras
11:40
Discuss SCH-STH DSG
Anouk Gouvras & Mariana Stephens
11:50
Talk 2 - WHO TAG SS
Amadou Garba (virtual)
12:00
Rapid Talks 1:  Operationalizing the guidelines
Anna Phillips & Upendo Mwingira (in person)
12:10
Rapid Talks 2: Integrating SCH & STH into the health system
Florence Wakesho & Dr Joseph Kwadwo Larbi Opare (in person / virtual)
12:15
Q&A & discussion
Anouk Gouvras & Mariana Stephens
12:45
Next Steps
Anouk Gouvras
12:50
New Chair intro and appointment of vice-chair
Thank yous
Mariana Stephens

 

Workshop: 1.3 Sustainable data management: Integrating NTD data into national HMIS for increased ownership and data driven decision making

This session will look at the importance of integrating NTD data into national HMIS for enhanced government ownership and increased visibility within the MOH, discuss the process for mainstreaming NTD data into national HMIS, and identify challenges/gaps that can be addressed by the NNN community. This session will share country experiences from Mali, Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Côte d’Ivoire, and Ethiopia on NTD data integration into DHIS 2 and data-driven decision making. 

1.3-HMIS.pdf

Speakers/Moderators/Facilitators
Organization
Aimee Desrochers, Health Systems Strengthening Advisor
Helen Keller International
Melissa Edmiston, Director of Data and Analytics
American Leprosy Missions
Dr. David Glohi, Health System Strengthening Regional Advisor
FHI 360
Dr. Mamoutou Diabate, Director
Mali Center of Documentation, Planning, Training and Health Information (CPDFIS)
Dr. Clarisse Bougouma, Coordinatrice des MTN
Burkina Faso Ministry of Health
Dr. Julien Ake, Associate Director
COPTIMENT
Dr. Arie de Kruijff, Country Manager
The Leprosy Mission International
Amsayaw Tefera, Integrated NTD Data System & M&E Advisor
Ethiopia Federal Ministry of Health
Charles Brown-Davies, Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor
FHI 360
Kevin McRae-McKee, Principal Data Analytics Lead
Oriole Global Health

 

Workshop: 1.4 Innovation in NTD Mainstreaming Approaches: Leveraging decentralized governance structures for integrated and sustainable NTD programming

Achieving effective mainstreaming of NTDs requires embedding NTD functions within existing governance structures from the national to operational level across health programs and NTD-adjacent sectors. With ongoing decentralization processes shifting decision-making responsibilities to local government, innovative models of stakeholder engagement are needed to seize these opportunities and capitalize on advances towards sustainability.  

This workshop presents a multi-country cascade approach of stakeholder engagement that leverages decentralized governance structures. This innovative model aims to holistically integrate NTD services and priorities at the local governance level, generate multisectoral action, and build political will in alignment with national strategies and global targets.

1.4_Innovations in NTD Mainstreaming Approaches.pdf

Speakers/Moderators/Facilitators
Organization
Arielle Dolegui, Senior Technical Advisor, Cross-Sector Coordination 
World Vision
Zeinabou Koullou Mahamane, Cross-Sector Coordination Manager
World Vision
Irene Dede Teiko Dzathor, Program Manager
FHI 360
Nisan Zerai, Ethiopia Country Director
NALA Foundation
Dr. Ndeye Mbacké Kane, NTDP Coordinator
Senegal Ministry of Health and Social Action
Dr. Adam Taher Hafez, Chief Programme Officer for External Health Cooperation; ICCC for NTDs Chairperson
Ghana Ministry of Health

 

Workshop: 2.1 Electronic Data Capture for Mass Drug Administration in Neglected Tropical Diseases: Challenges and Scale-up

Currently, EDC is almost exclusively used for DSA data collection in NTD surveys (mapping, stop-MDA, impact, etc.) but has recently been introduced or piloted for MDA in several countries. Lessons learned from Ghana, Haiti and Benin MDA initiatives will be presented and discussed during the workshop. Two participant breakout sessions will discuss challenges in implementing EDC for MDA, as well as the potential for scale up of existing initiatives. 

2.1 - Benin's Experience of OV MDA Digitization.pdf

Speakers/Moderators/Facilitators
Organization
Dr. Diana Stukel, Technical Director
FHI 360
Alex Pavluck, Health Systems Director
Sightsavers
Dr. Nissou Ines Dossa, M&E Advisor
FHI 360
Alain Javel
RTI
Charles Brown-Davies, Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor
FHI 360
Dr. Anna Phillips, Scientist
FHI 360
Whitney Goldman, Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Learning, and Adapting (MERLA)
RTI
Caleb Parker, Senior GIS Analyst 
FHI 360

 

Workshop: 2.4 Empowering National Programmes and Last Mile Communities: Gender, Equity and Social Inclusion (GESI) Integration Approaches and Tools

This workshop is designed to be a practical, country-led session that allows participants to learn from experiences and NTD stakeholder perspectives from Uganda, Chad, Ethiopia, Guinea Bissau, Sierra Leone and more. The country examples presented will cover ways in which various Gender Equity and Social Inclusion (GESI) approaches and tools have been utilized to enable countries to reach the last mile of disease elimination for NTDs and more broadly strengthen health service delivery through more equitable and inclusive practices. 

By spotlighting a range of approaches and tools, and the gaps, barriers and opportunities encountered throughout implementation and testing, participants will learn first-hand how GESI gaps can be identified and addressed in practice, and critically, the role of country governments and local communities in this process. Through breakout groups, participants will be able to apply their knowledge and consider the applicability of the tools and methodologies to other country contexts for further expansion and sustainability. 

2.4_Empowering-National-Programs-GESI.pdf

Speakers/Moderators/Facilitators
Organization
Mike Mukirane, HSS Advisor
RTI
Johanna Naradzay, Programme Advisor
Leave No One Behind
Teshale Yadeta, HSS Advisor
RTI
Wilson Idy Sa, NTD Programme Manager
Sightsavers
Mohamed Bah, NTD Program Director
Helen Keller International
Amanda Bradica, Operations Specialist
ITI
Martha Saboyá, Neglected Infectious Diseases Epidemiology Advisor
Pan American Health Organization
Emmanuel Ssegawa, Senior Gender and Youth Advisor
WI-HER
Patricia Houck, Senior Program Manager
Helen Keller International
Claire Karlsson, Global Senior Associate
WI-HER
Leah Wohlgemuth, Deputy Technical Director
Sightsavers

 

Thursday, September 15
Rapid Fire session: Mainstreaming in-country NTD Supply Chain 

The session is a comprehensive discussion on explaining NTDP last-mile supply chain challenges, introducing the Act to End NTDs | West NTD supply chain methodology, and identifying opportunities to integrate the NTD supply chain at the national level. As countries progress towards sustainable NTD programming, integrating with national systems will build supply chain capacity, strengthen health services integration, improve forecasting, timely delivery, and reverse logistics of NTD drugs, and, importantly, enhance access to NTD services. 

Rapid Fire_Supply Chain Mainstreaming.pdf

Speakers/Moderators/Facilitators
Organization
Dr. Kisito Ogoussan, Implementation Management Lead
FHI 360
Craig Usswald, Supply Chain Specialist Leader 
Deloitte
Berthine Njiemoun, Program Manager 
Deloitte
Hawa Adula, Consultant
Deloitte
Dr. Ndéye M’backé Kane, Senegal NTD Coordinator 
Senegal Ministry of Health
Dr. Kofi Asemanyi-Mensah, Ghana NTDP Director 
Ghana NTDP

 

Rapid Fire session: Integration of LF MMDP training materials into nursing curriculum in Ghana  

This session will share lessons learned from the integration of lymphatic filariasis (LF) MMDP training materials into the nursing curriculum in Ghana. This project offers a sustainable way to address pre-service training and capacity gaps within the neglected tropical disease (NTD) sector and equip new health workers to support NTD case identification and care.  

Integration of LF MMDP_RapidFire.pdf

Speaker
Organization
Melissa Edmiston, MS, MPH, Director of Data and Analytics
American Leprosy Missions

 

Workshop: 3.1 The challenge of integration and the need for innovation: Novel approaches to prevention and management of NTDs in unstable settings

Insecurity and its impact on vulnerable populations is a prolonged crisis negatively impacting health care delivery and preventive health services, including NTD control programs. Despite the challenges, some countries have been able to continue implementing activities. In other countries, the rollout of assessments, including trachoma impact surveys and LF transmission assessment surveys, have slowed down or completely stopped in insecure areas. Finding alternatives and novel approaches to NTD programming in security compromised settings is critical.

3.1._The challenge of integration and the need for innovation.pdf

Speakers/Moderators/Facilitators
Organization
Dr. Achille Kabore, Technical Director
FHI 360
Dr. Angela Weaver, Vice President, NTDs
Helen Keller International
Dr. Benoit Dembele, Regional Technical Advisor
Helen Keller International
Dr. Boukary Ouedraogo, Director of Health Information Systems
Burkina Faso Ministry of Health
Dr. Modibo Keita
Helen Keller International
Dr. Adamou Salissou, Coordonnateur National
Niger Ministry of Health
Emilienne Epee, Senior Lecturer
Cameroon Ministry of Health

 

Workshop: 3.3 Tools and innovative approaches to improve NTD mass drug administration coverage

Optimizing and learning from coverage of treatments is vital as we move closer towards the elimination agenda. But what tools, approaches, lessons learned, and experiences can be shared to facilitate learning on this? Representatives from various endemic countries across multiple NTDs and organizations will showcase examples of tools and approaches to explore coverage data more closely and share lessons learned. This will act as a learning exchange and spark broader discussions on coverage.

Speakers/Moderators/Facilitators
Organization
Danny Harvey, Programme Officer 
Sightsavers
Dr. Benoit Dembele, Regional Technical Advisor
Helen Keller International
Perpetua Amodu-Agbi, Assistant-Director
Federal Ministry of Health Nigeria
Alambaye Maidagi Aminatou
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Dr. Laura Senyonjo, Senior NTD Epidemiologist and Surveillance Advisor
Sightsavers
Dauda Nurudeen, Programme Manager
Sightsavers
Erica Shoemaker, Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Learning, Adapting (MERLA) Analyst
RTI

 

Workshop: 3.4 Models of Integrated Service Delivery for NTDs into Primary Health Care Structures: Case Studies from Senegal and Guinea

The aim of the workshop is to share case studies from Guinea and Senegal on integrating NTDs into national primary health care service delivery platforms. This session will explore community and facility-level models of integration of person-centered primary healthcare services for sustainable NTD programs. Leveraging existing and functional service delivery platforms would benefit long-term NTD sustainability, maximize scarce resources, and galvanize engagement from other health platforms to own the NTD response strategy.

3.4-Models of Integrated Service Delivery.pdf

Speakers/Moderators/Facilitators
Organization
Arielle Dolegui, Senior Technical Advisor HSS
World Vision
Aimee Desrochers, Health Systems Strengthening Advisor
Helen Keller International
Stephen Omunyidde, Technical Director
World Vision
Dr. Mamady Cissé, Directeur National Adjoint de la Santé Communautaire et Médecine Traditionnelle
Ministère de la Santé et de l’Hygiène Publique
Dr. Lamine Lamah, Coordinateur du Programme MTN
Helen Keller International
Dr. Ndeye Mbacké Kane, Coordinatrice National
PNLMTN (Ministere de la Sante et de l’Action Sociale)
Moussa Mbodji, Technical Health Manager
World Vision

 

Workshop: 4.1 Putting the NTD road map into action: Exploring lessons learned as NTD program operationalize evolving strategies and address challenges to achieving final mile goals

Schistosomiasis impact assessments have been conducted in several countries, but few have moved to sub-district or community MDA. This session will focus on experience from three countries that have integrated MDA for schistosomiasis with other PC NTDs via differing platforms. Presentations will summarize recommendations for implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and supervision. Participants will share and discuss plans for expanded MDA for schistosomiasis and the anticipated challenges and opportunities for shifting platforms.

4.1 Putting the NTD road map into action.pdf

Speakers/Moderators/Facilitators
Organization
Dr. Anna Phillips, Scientist
FHI 360
Dr. Upendo Mwingira, Technical Director
RTI
Dr. Anouk Gouvras, Director of Communications and Programmes
Global Schistosomiasis Alliance
Jean Bosco Mbonigaba, Acting Director 
Rwanda Biomedical Center
Dr. Monique Dorkenoo, Professor
University of Lome
Dr. Darin Evans, Senior Medical and Technical Advisor, NTDs
USAID

 

Workshop: 4.4 Sustainability in Action: Promoting country ownership and mainstreaming of NTD programs: Government, Donors, and Implementing Partners' perspectives

This session will begin with a panel with introductory remarks from donor and implementing partners on the progress made, challenges, and lessons learned in sustainability efforts. Then, we will have presentations from three countries who will discuss their approach and lessons learned in specific sustainability areas followed by breakout sessions for discussion.  Finally, we will summarize key themes and potential next steps countries can consider as they proceed in implementing their respective sustainability priorities. 

Speakers/Moderators/Facilitators
Organization
Justin Tine, Health Systems Strengthening Lead 
FHI 360
Richard Killian, Health Systems Strengthening Lead 
RTI
Carly Smith, Senior Consultant
Deloitte Consulting
Jane Hagemann, Senior Manager, Deworm the World Initative 
Evidence Action
Kate McCracken, Director, Deworm the World Initiative
Evidence Action
Emily Wainwright, Sr. NTD Advisor for Global Leadership & Coordination
USAID
Xiaoxian Huang, Health Economist
World Health Organization
Dr. Adam Hafez Taher, Director of External Health Coordination 
Ghana Ministry of Health (ICCC)
Dr. George Kabona, NTD Program Manager
Tanzania Ministry of Health
Raman Dharmpal Prasad, Chief of Party
RTI