Six Years On, USAID's Act | West Program Highlights Successes
OGAH Océanne, 5 years old, beneficiary, taking the medication against OV in Togo.
Océanne OGAH, a 5-year-old program participant, takes medication against OV in Agbandi-Blitta, Togo. Photo credit: Act | West, HDI
In recognition of World NTD Day on January 30, 2024, USAID’s Act to End NTDs | West (Act | West) program highlights progress and accomplishments made to date since the beginning of the program.
As Act | West begins its sixth year, the program’s 11 West African countries have made substantial progress in disease elimination and control and and sustainability of NTD services. This blog takes stock of work done across countries in these two domains of program impacts.
Below are key progress indicators for lymphatic filariasis, trachoma, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminthiasis followed by progress indicators for NTD sustainability. Except where noted, all data is as of November 2023.
Progress towards disease elimination and control
Lymphatic Filariasis (LF)
  • 675 districts that have stopped mass drug administration (MDA) for LF.
  • 4 countries - where all endemic districts have stopped MDA and are now under surveillance.
  • 152,213,500 people no longer at risk for LF.
  • 68.84 million treatments given (across Act | West countries) for LF since FY 2019.*

*Fiscal year the USAID’s Act to End NTDs | West program started

Trachoma
  • 18.22 million treatments given (across Act | West countries) for trachoma since FY 2019*
  • 84,753,309 people no longer at risk for trachoma

*Fiscal year the USAID’s Act to End NTDs | West program started

  • 314 districts that have stopped mass drug administration (MDA) for trachoma
Onchocerciasis
  • 202.41 million treatments given (across the countries) for OV since FY 2019*

*Fiscal year the USAID’s Act to End NTDs | West program started

Soil-transmitted Helminthiasis (STH)
50.84 million of treatments given (across the countries) for STH since FY 2019**

**Fiscal year the USAID’s Act to End NTDs | West program started

  • 4 countries are implementing sub-district mass drug administration (MDA) (Benin, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Togo)
  • 2 countries have stopped MDA for STH. Burkina Faso and Mali both have conducted assessments in 2022 and 2023 to verify elimination.
  • 7 countries have conducted STH impact assessments since 2021 (Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo)
Schistosomiasis (SCH)
51.20 million treatments given (across the countries) for schistosomiasis since FY 2019**

**Fiscal year the USAID’s Act to End NTDs | West program started

  • 5 countries are implementing sub-district mass drug administration (Benin, Ghana, Mali, Sierra Leone, Togo)
  • 7 countries have implemented sub-district impact assessments since 2021 (Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo)
  • 2 countries have established SCH expert committees (Ghana, Togo)
Progress towards sustainable NTD services
  • 9 countries have developed NTDs sustainability plans since 2018 (Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo)
  • 8 country governments have politically validated their NTDs sustainability plans (Côte d’Ivoire in 2020, Senegal in 2020, Togo in 2021, Ghana in 2022, Mali in 2022, Niger in 2022, Sierra Leone in 2023, Burkina Faso in 2023)
  • 7 countries have created, through ministerial decree, a multisectoral committees for implementing NTD program sustainability plans since 2018 (Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo)
  • 5 countries have conducted a high-level stakeholders engagement for domestic resources mobilization to secure financial support for sustaining NTD program work (Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Senegal, Niger, Mali)
  • 4 countries have moved forward to integrate NTD related disabilities (MMDP) into the national health insurance/UHC package of services (Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Senegal)
  • 11 countries have integrated NTDs data and indicators into the MOHs data repository platform (DHIS-2; DHIMS-2) - Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo.