2023 NNN Conference
19 Sep 23 - 21 Sep 23 | Hyatt Regency Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
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Reaching new frontiers - powering a new generation of leadership and cross-sectoral collaborations to end NTDs

The 14th Annual Neglected Tropical Disease NGO (NNN) Conference, whose theme is Reaching new frontiers - powering a new generation of leadership and cross-sectoral collaborations to end NTDs, 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 2023 Program

As part of the program, Act | West partner American Leprosy Missions will award its 5th NTD Innovation Prize.

Country
All Countries
Disease
All Preventive Chemotherapy NTDs
USAID’s Act | West program has a strong presence in this year’s #NNN2023. Check out the following workshops:

Tuesday, September 19
Opening Plenary

American Leprosy Missions' Stefanie Weiland will introduce the 5th NTD Innovation Prize.

Time: 9:00-10:45 Local Time

 

Global perspectives for mainstreaming NTD services into national health insurance schemes and improving universal health coverage

This session will provide an overview of UHC within the context of NTDs. Speakers will share examples from Africa and Asia where activities have been implemented related to community led advocacy, assessing the integration of NTD services into the UHC package of benefits and initiating policy dialogues to further mainstream NTDs into the UHC package of benefits. Participants will engage in breakouts to share experiences and other examples of UHC activities, including sustainability and financing. 

Opportunities for sustainable NTDs morbidity management

Experience of a collaborative approach to the integration of NTD-related services into Universal Health Coverage (CMU) benefits in Senegal

Time: 14:15 Local Time 

Speakers/Moderators/Facilitators
Organization
Melissa Edmiston, Senior Program Director
American Leprosy Missions
Ernest Mensah
FHI 360
Solomon Atinbire
American Leprosy Missions
Saidi Kashindi
American Leprosy Missions
Jacques Diammé Ndour
FHI 360
Sunil Anand
American Leprosy Missions
Justin Tine
FHI 360
Deborah Mensah
American Leprosy Missions

 

Innovate to eliminate - lessons drawn across NTDs

As more and more countries reach the point at which they have implemented years and years of MDA, new tools have been developed to identify areas that can scale back treatment and move to surveillance. Such innovative tools include the TIS+ for trachoma, elimination mapping for onchocerciasis, and integrated iTAS and impact assessment for schistosomiasis. The session starts with a presentation of these new survey strategies and explores the ways in which experiences can be used by programs as they reach the last mile. Interpreting the outputs of these tools and prioritizing the finite resources in both areas that continue to prove a challenge but also other areas that scale back interventions. 

What's the Deal with Deworming

Integrated TAS and SCH Disease assessments in Benin

Developing a strategy for Onchocerciasis exclusion mapping (OEM) where transmission is unknown

Schistosomiasis impact assessments to determine sub-district treatment decisions in Togo

Innovative tools to advance trachoma elimination using enhanced trachoma impact surveys (TIS+)

Time: 16:30 Local Time 

Speakers/Moderators/Facilitators
Organization
Anna Phillips
FHI 360
Ernest Mensah
FHI 360
Achille Kabore
FHI 360
Dr. Piham Gnossike
Togo Ministry of Health
Jeremiah Ngondi
RTI

 

Bringing primary healthcare home

 

Speakers/Moderators/Facilitators
Organization
Dr. Shyamala Anand
American Leprosy Missions

 

Wednesday, September 20
Strengthening health systems at the national and subnational levels for sustainable NTD services 

This workshop will share results and lessons learned from four countries in Africa that are working to strengthen health systems at the national and subnational levels to sustainably achieve their NTD goals. At the national level the countries have conducted sustainability assessments and developed sustainability plans, which they are now implementing. At the district or local level, they are engaging with decentralized planning and budgeting processes to allocate resources for priority NTD services. 

Introductory Session

The Experience of Niger: Decentralized Stakeholder Engagement for the Inclusion of NTDs in Municipal Development Plans

Inclusion of NTD services in the Universal Health Coverage (CSU) package in Senegal

Time: 16:30 Local Time 

Speakers/Moderators/Facilitators
Organization
Andrew Kyambadde, Senior Health Systems Strengthening Specialist
RTI International
Justin Tine
FHI 360
Zeinabou Mahamane, Cross-Sector Advisor
World Vision
Dr. Douglas Ndeki, Health Secretary (CCHP Facilitator)
President’s Office for Regional and Local Government (PO-RALG)
Dr Ndeye Mbacke Kane
Senegal Ministry of Health
Kate McCracken, Senior Medical Officer/NTD HSS Focal Person
Uganda Ministry of Health
Dr. Hilda Kyarisiima , Senior Medical Officer/NTD HSS Focal Person
Uganda Ministry of Health

 

Thursday, September 21
From Policy to Practice: Cross-sectoral approaches to integrate NTDs into routine health services

The rapid fire aims to explore case studies from Guinea and Senegal on integrating NTD case detection, prevention, treatment, and management services into existing primary healthcare service delivery structures. The case studies will showcase the stages of developing, piloting, and scaling up innovative approaches that leverage community and facility-based service delivery platforms. This session will build on the workshop session from the 2022 NNN annual conference which presented the development of the approach in Guinea and Senegal. 

Approches Intersectorielles pour Integrer les MTN dans les Services de Sante de Routine

Pilot Project for NTD Integration: Systematic and sustainable management of NTD interventions at the operational level in Senegal

Time: 14:49 Local Time 

Speakers/Moderators/Facilitators
Organization
Dr. Lamine Lamah, NTD Program Coordinator
Helen Keller Intl/Guinea
Prospere Diop, Cross-Sector Coordination Manager
World Vision/Senegal
 
Advancing health equity for refugee populations in Niger through integration of trachoma program prevention into routine health services

This session explores how The Programme National pour la Santé Oculaire (PNSO) in Niger has developed a strategy to expand trachoma prevention to the Sayam refugee camp. It will present the cross sectoral approach that was used to define the MDA in the camp, the results of the pilot in Sayam, and opportunities for scale up to other refugee camps in the country. 

Advancing health equity for refugee populations in Niger through integration of trachoma program prevention into routine health services

Time: 15:09 Local Time 

Speakers/Moderators/Facilitators
Organization
Dr. Ibrahim Garba Dandano, Deputy Cordinator
Helen Keller Intl/Niger

 

Technical Innovation & Solutions

This Rapid Fire will be hosted by American Leprosy Missions. 

Time: 14:15-15:45 Local Time 

Speakers/Moderators/Facilitators
Organization
Dr. Shyamala Anand
American Leprosy Missions

 

Closing Plenary

American Leprosy Missions' Melissa Edmiston will award the 5th NTD Innovation Prize.

Time: 16:00-17:00 Local Time