Act | West at ASTMH 2021
ASTMH 2021 Annual Meeting 17 Nov 21, 10:14:58 AM - 21 Nov 21, 09:14:58 AM

About the ASTMH Annual Meeting: The ASTMH Annual Meeting draws tropical medicine and global health professionals representing academia, foundations, government, not for profit organizations, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, military and private practice. The meeting is designed for researchers, professors, government and public health officials, military personnel, travel clinic physicians, practicing physicians in tropical medicine, students and all healthcare providers working in the fields of tropical medicine, hygiene and global health.

Achille Kabore, Act | West Technical Director, presenting at ASTMH 2019. PC: USAID's Act to End NTDs | West, Eric Weber/FHI360


Listed below are Act | West-associated scientific sessions, poster presentations and symposiums at the 2021 ASTMH Annual Meeting.


Scientific Sessions

Thursday, Nov 18, 8:10 am

  • 0037--Mali achieves a critical milestone toward elimination of lymphatic filariasis: all previously endemic districts have met criteria to stop MDA


Thursday, Nov 18, 8:40 am

  • 0040-Effect of COVID-19 risk mitigation measures on the coverage of mass treatment campaigns against schistosomiasis and vitamin A supplementation in the regions of Kayes and Ségou in Mali in 2020


Thursday, Nov 18, 1:35 pm

  • 0436--Rapid Social Science Assessment in Lymphatic Filariasis Hotspots in Sierra Leone

Poster presentations

Daniel Cohn, presenting his poster at ASTMH 2019. PC:USAID's Act to End NTDs | West, Eric Weber/FHI360

Thursday, Nov 18, 11:00 am

  • 356 – Progress toward elimination of lymphatic filariasis in Cameroon following successful TAS2 in 41 health districts of the East, Far-North, Littoral, South and West Regions

    • Authors: Biholong Benjamin, Ebene Clarisse, Georges NKO’Ayissi, Julie Akame, Patrick Mbia, Carine Fokam, Ismael Teta, Michel Hendji, Benoit Dembele, Patricia Houck, Jennifer Magalong, Ernest Mensah, Yaobi Zhang, Steven D. Reid, Angela Weaver
    • Link: ASTMH 2021 Annual Meeting (


    • 357 – Repeat pre-transmission assessment survey for lymphatic filariasis in hotspot districts in Sierra Leone

      • Authors: Ibrahim Kargbo-Labour, Mohamed S. Bah, Victoria Turay, Habib I. Kamara, Abdulai Conteh, Gandi Kallon, Alhassan Konneh, Abdulai Koroma, Unidiatu Kabia, Beah J. Lebby, Patricia Houck, Benoit Dembele, Mustapha Sonnie, Mary H. Hodges, Ernest Mensah, Achille Kabore, Yaobi Zhang, Angela Weaver
      • Link: ASTMH 2021 Annual Meeting (


      Friday, Nov 19, 10:15 am 

      • LB-5127 Pre-transmission assessment survey in two health districts (Boké and Gueckedou) in Guinea after five rounds of MDA


      Dr. Mary Hodges from Sierra Leone presenting her poster at ASTMH 2019. PC: USAID's Act to End | NTDs | West, Eric Weber/FHI360

      Friday, Nov 19, 12:00 pm

      • 0527 Financial analysis to inform programmatic decision making and domestic resource mobilization for NTDs


      • 797 – Contextual factors associated with epidemiological coverage during mass drug administration for lymphatic filariasis across ten West African countries


      • 796 – Mass drug administration for Schistosomiasis in the context of COVID-19

        • Authors: Ibrahim Kargbo Labour, Habib I. Kamara, Abdul Conteh, Victoria Redwood-Sawyer, Mohamed S. Bah, Gandi Kallon, Mustapha Sonnie, Mary H. Hodges, Patricia Houk, Benoit Dembele, Sarah Craciunoiu, Achille Kabore, Yaobi Zhang, Steven D. Reid, Angela Weaver
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      • 795 – Overcoming COVID-19 threat to conduct lymphatic filariasis transmission assessment (TAS) in 36 health districts in Cameroon.


      • 0798 – Compliance with COVID-10 preventive and barrier measures during recent MDA and DSA in six Act | West countries

        • Authors: Benoit Dembele, Angel Weng, Brian Fuller, Elisabeth Chop, Dieudonne Nare, Lucien Mano, Patrick Mbia, Carine Fokam Tagne, Lamine Lamah, Abdoul Karim Camara, Modibo Keita, Boubacar Guindo, Sita Hamadou, Mounkaila Issoufou, Mustapha Sonnie, Habib Kamara, Patricia Houck, Cleo Stern, Achille Kabore, Katherine A Sanchez, Fatou Gueye, Steven D. Reid, Yaobi Zhang, Angela Weaver
        • Link: ASTMH 2021 Annual Meeting (


        Saturday, Nov 20, 11:00 am

        • LB-5353 – Blueprint for Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis (BELF) and Trachoma (BETR) – Excel based tools for monitoring Act to End NTDs | West program progress



        Thursday, November 18 from 5:15-7:00 PM

        • 0045 - SYMPOSIM: The Long and Winding Road: Data Gathering, Documentation and Advocacy as Trachoma and LF Programs Near Elimination

          • Symposium Organizer and Chair: Stephanie Palmer, Trachoma Technical Advisor, Act | West, FHI 360
          • Co-Chair: Molly Brady, Lymphatic Filariasis Technical Advisor, Act | East, RTI International
          • Melissa Edmiston/AIM Initiative/USA           
          • Prof. Lamine Traore/PNSO/Mali       
          • Prof. Emillienne Epee/University of Yaounde/Cameroon     
          • Dr. Monique Dorkenoo/Malaria Control Program and Universities of Lome and Kara/Togo
          • Link: ASTMH 2021 Annual Meeting (

        Friday, Nov 19, 4:00 pm

        • 0080 - SYMPOSIUM: Innovative Uses and Analyses of Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) Data to Inform Improved Program Implementation 


        Saturday, Nov 20, 12:45 pm – 2:30 pm

        • 106 – SYMPOSIUM: Progress and Challenges for Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis and Onchocerciasis in West Africa

          • Symposium Chair: Achille Kabore, Technical Director, Act | West, FHI 360
          • Wilma A. Stolk
          • Natalie V. Vinkeles Melchers
          • Lymphatic Filariasis Research Unit
          • Judith Saare
          • Meite Abdoulaye
          • Link: ASTMH 2021 Annual Meeting (


        Saturday, Nov 20, 1:25 – 1:35pm

        • 106 - LF hotspots in Lymphatic Filariasis and Onchocerciasis co-endemic districts in Ghana


        Saturday, Nov 20, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM 

        • 108 - SYMPOSIUM: Improving Reverse Logistics of the Last Mile Supply Chain for NTD Medicines in Endemic Areas: Lessons Learned and Best Practices

          • Symposium Chair: Kisito Ogoussan, Implementation Management Lead, SCM & SAEs, Act | West, FHI 360
          • Co-Chair: Penelope (Penny) Smith, Senior NTD Advisor, Division of Neglected Tropical Diseases, USAID
          • Johannes Waltz MSEP/Germany           
          • Dr Virginie Ettiegne-Traore, FHI 360/Cote d'Ivoire   
          • Dr Sultani Hadley Matendechero, NTDP Kenya        
          • Ms. Judith Saare, NTDP/Ghana
          • Link: ASTMH 2021 Annual Meeting (


        Saturday, Nov 20, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM 

        • 118 - SYMPOSIUM: Implementing neglected tropical disease mass drug administration and disease-specific assessments under the COVID-19 pandemic

        CountryAll CountriesDiseaseAll Preventive Chemotherapy NTDsFocus AreaMass Drug Administration (MDA), Support for NTD Sustainability, NTD Capacity Building, Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Learning and Adapting (MERLA)