In line with the WHO recommendations and guidance issued in April 2020, USAID advised Act | West to temporarily suspend NTD field activities. A temporary suspension of activities provided time for national programs, with the support of Act | West implementing partners, to develop risk assessment tools and processes, standard operating procedures to limit SARS-CoV-2 transmission during activities, and weigh the risks and benefits of restarting activities.
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