USAID Act To End NTDs Lymphatic Filariasis Workshop: Improving Disease Specific Assessment

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Countries supported by USAID’s Neglected Tropical Diseases Program have made great progress toward ending lymphatic filariasis (LF). Across the USAID NTD country portfolio, two-thirds of the health districts with LF have been able to stop annual mass treatments because disease spread has been so slow.

 

Almost all the USAID-supported countries with LF have conducted at least one national LF survey, to date. In 2020 alone, a full 82% of health districts in the countries where LF is still a public health problem are planning to do a survey.

 

Surveys are important because countries use their results to decide when it’s safe to stop annual mass LF treatments in each health district. Without high-quality surveys, national NTD programs cannot make reliable decisions.

 

The purpose of this workshop is to equip countries to implement high-quality LF surveys that follow World Health Organization guidelines, guide countries on what to do if health districts fail and build country capacity on surveys, including handling challenges like disease hotspots and migration.   

 

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Photo Credit: Act | West 
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Photo Credit: Act | West