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Benin’s Campaign Like No Other: Mass Treatment for Neglected Tropical Diseases during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Although preparations had been underway for weeks, there were now just 72 hours to go before the 2020 mass drug administration (MDA) treatment campaign for two neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)—lymphatic filariasis (LF) and onchocerciasis—would begin in the four geographic areas (called communes) of Ouinhi, Covè, Zagnanado, and Za-Kpota—and the tension was almost palpable.
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L’OMS PRESENTE LES CONSIDÉRATIONS RELATIVES À LA MISE EN ŒUVRE DE TRAITEMENT DE MASSE, DE RECHERCHE ACTIVE DE CAS ET D'ENQUÊTES COMMUNAUTAIRE POUR LES MALADIES TROPICALES NÉGLIGÉES DANS LE CONTEXTE DE LA PANDÉMIE DE COVID-19.

Le 27 juillet 2020, l'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) a publié un nouveau document intitulé "Considérations relatives à la mise en œuvre de traitement de masse, de la recherche active de cas et des enquêtes communautaires pour les maladies tropicales négligées dans le contexte de la pandémie COVID-19", qui contient un cadre décisionnel pour le traitement de masse des maladies tropicales négligées (MTN), la recherche de cas et les enquêtes en population dans le contexte COVID-19.
a community health worker gives a child medicaion

WHO Outlines Considerations for Implementing Mass Treatment, Active Case-Finding and Population-Based Surveys for Neglected Tropical Diseases in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic

On July 27, 2020, WHO published a new document, titled "Considerations for implementing mass treatment, active case‐finding and population-based surveys for neglected tropical diseases in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic," which contains a decision-making framework for NTD mass treatment, case-finding, and population-based surveys in the COVID-19 context.
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

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 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 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.