“Health is Everyone’s Business”: How Togo is Tackling Sustainable Neglected Tropical Disease Services
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.
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.
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 to develop a five-year NTD Sustainability Plan to mainstream NTDs into routine health service delivery, national policies, and financing for sustainable NTD programming.
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The USAID-funded program I work on, called Act to End Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) | West, helps 11 countries in West Africa to control and eliminate neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) through a strategy known as mass drug administration (MDA). Although the medicines distributed through MDA are mainly tablets, not injections that require a cold chain, the challenges aren’t all that different from those facing COVID-19 vaccine campaigns: community-wide distribution of medicine—or several medicines, in the case of NTDs—to large numbers of people as the primary intervention.
USAID Publishes Technical Brief to Accompany New WHO Morbidity Management Tool for Lymphatic Filariasis Care
In March 2021, the USAID Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Division and its Act to End NTDs | West and | East Programs, respectively managed by FHI 360 and RTI International, published a technical brief to complement World Health Organization’s (WHO) publication and share the experiences and key learnings of 12 National NTD Programs on their use of these tools.
By bringing critical stakeholders together to establish a shared understanding of the barriers to NTD progress, agree on the need for collaboration, and coordinate action to continue toward NTD control and elimination, Ghana's sensitization meeting served as a catalyst for ramping up progress toward NTD sustainability in Ghana.
On January 30, 2021, countries across West Africa brought awareness to neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and the devastating effects they have on communities by celebrating the second annual World NTD Day.
January 30th is the second annual World Neglected Tropical Disease Day. Over one billion of the world’s poorest, most marginalized people are affected by neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), which often cause debilitating pain, illness, and lifelong disabilities. These diseases trap people in poverty and make it impossible for them to work, learn, or care for their families.