The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted almost every country to implement unprecedented public health measures. WHO continues to provide guidance to Member States to assist them to respond quickly and confidently to this emergency. A range of public health measures are being implemented that include hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, and practicing physical distancing.
Consistent with these public health measures, particularly physical distancing, WHO recommends that community-based surveys, active case-finding activities and mass treatment campaigns for neglected tropical diseases be postponed until further notice.
However, support for (1) prompt diagnosis, treatment and care of neglected tropical diseases for patients presenting to healthcare facilities, and (2) essential vector control measures, should continue wherever possible, as these are critical interventions.
WHO also encourages local health authorities to use existing NTD platforms, surveillance mechanisms and WASH/health education opportunities to support implementation of COVID-19-related measures, as appropriate.
WHO is in the process of producing more detailed guidance, which will be shared in due course. Recommendations will be updated on a regular basis to reflect the evolution of the pandemic.
Thank you for your continued support and solidarity in these difficult times.