The FY2020 work plan outlines the activities that are expected to be undertaken in Niger in the next fiscal year through USAID's Act to End NTDs | West program (Act | West), managed by FHI 360 and implemented in Niger by Helen Keller International.
In Niger, the national NTD program is comprised of three disease-specific programs:
- National Program for the Elimination of Onchocerciasis and Lymphatic Filariasis (Programme National de Dévolution de l'Onchocercose et d'Elimination de la Filariose Lymphatique or PNDO/EFL)
- National Schistosomiasis and Soil-Transmitted Helminthiasis Control Program (Programme National de Lutte contre la Bilharziose et les Géohelminthes or PNLBG)
- National Eye Health Program (Programme Nationale de Santé Oculaire or PNSO).
These three programs are unified by the overarching coordination structure, the Program for Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases (Programme National de Lutte contre les MTN or PNLMTN), which is situated within the Direction des Etudes et de la Programmation (DEP) of the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH).
USAID’s Act to End Neglected Tropical Diseases | West program (2019-2023) currently supports the three specific NTD programs (PNLBG, PNSO, and PNDO/EFL), and the overarching coordination structure (PNLMTN) to implement integrated NTD activities throughout the country. The main activities include mass treatments, capacity building, social mobilization, training, advocacy, supply chain management, and monitoring and evaluation. Funding is also provided through Act | West to the Pharmacy and Laboratory Directorate (Direction des Pharmacies et Laboratoires) and National Office of Pharmaceutical and Chemical Products (Office National des Produits Pharmaceutiques et Chimiques) for drug quality and management.