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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.