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Mabinty Kalokoh, a 30-year-old woman from Sierra Leone’s northern Bombali district, who suffers from occasional painful episodes of swelling and fever, vestiges of a neglected tropical disease called lymphatic filariasis

Mapping morbidity moves Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire toward NTD elimination

Situation analyses are valuable because they give national NTD programs a more complete picture of where LF and trachoma morbidity management services are most needed, how well equipped the health system is to provide these services, and which gaps need to be filled to better reach people who need treatment and care.
A community health worker gives medication to a community member

l'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) a publié une mise à jour des orientations provisoires sur les soins de santé à base communautaire, y compris les campagnes de sensibilisation et les campagnes dans le contexte de la pandémie de COVID-19.

Le 5 mai 2020, l'OMS a publié "Community-based health care, including outreach and campaigns, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic," (disponible uniquement en anglais pour le moment), qui comprend des orientations actualisées pour les programmes de lutte contre les maladies tropicales négligées (MTN), ainsi que d'autres programmes d'intervention de santé publique.
A community health worker gives medication to a community member

WHO publishes updated interim guidance on community-based health care in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

On May 5, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) published “Community-based health care, including outreach and campaigns, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic,” which includes updated guidance for neglected tropical diseases (NTD) programs, as well as other public health intervention programs.
A doctor in Ghana stands against a wall with a face mask tucked under his chin.

L'OMS Publie des Orientations Provisoires Pour la Mise en œuvre des Programmes des MTN

l'OMS recommande que les enquêtes communautaires, les activités de recherches actives de cas et les campagnes de traitement de masse des maladies tropicales négligées soient reportées jusqu'à nouvel ordre.
A doctor in Ghana stands against a wall with a face mask tucked under his chin.

World Health Organization issues interim guidance for implementation of NTD programs

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the WHO issued interim guidance for implementing NTD programs, which recommends that community-based surveys, active case-finding activities & mass treatment campaigns for NTDs be postponed until further notice.
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Bringing neglected tropical diseases onto the world stage

Can you imagine trying to provide for your family while sick with a disease that makes your eyelashes turn inward and painfully scratch your corneas with each blink? Or attending school when your skin itches nonstop because you are infected with worms? These are some of the challenges that people with neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) face every day.
A nurse from the Salembaoré Health and Social Promotion Centre meets with a family during a survey registration session. Photo: Lucien Mano, HKI-Burkina Faso

Treating all, missing none: Lessons learned from a survey in Burkina Faso

Lymphatic filariasis (LF) is a highly debilitating and stigmatizing disease that impacts the lives of the poorest. LF can lead to severe swelling and cause permanent disability. Since 2001, Burkina Faso has treated large numbers of people with medicines each year to prevent and break the transmission of LF and ultimately, to eliminate the disease as a nationwide public health problem.
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USAID Act To End NTDs Lymphatic Filariasis Workshop: Improving Disease Specific Assessment

This workshop will help in-country program managers have better understanding and use of available tools for implementation of high-quality diseases-specific assessments (DSAs).
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Gender and neglected tropical disease front-line workers: Data from 16 countries

In the past, our understanding of the demographics of these workers has been limited, but with increased access to sex-disaggregated data, we begin to explore the implications of gender and sex for the success of NTD front-line workers.
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Act | West at ASTMH Annual Meeting 2019

The American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene's (ASTMH) 68th Annual Meeting takes place at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland on November 20 - 24. The ASTMH Annual Meeting draws over 4,000 tropical medicine and global health professionals representing government, philanthropy, non-profits, NGOs, industry, and more. Join the online conversation by using #TropMed19!