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Act to End NTDs | West FY22 Annual Work Plan

The FY22 Work Plan for FHI 360 covers October 1, 2021 - September 30, 2022, the fourth year of the five-year program.

Practical Approaches to Implementing WHO Guidance for Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) Programs in the Context of COVID-19: Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) Surveys

This resource document complements the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) guidance for NTD programs released on July 27, 2020.
Model overview

Considerations for developing and deploying cost and economic impact models in the elimination/control of 5 PCT NTDs

The economic impact model and supporting disease-specific tools estimate the direct and indirect economic impact, efficiencies, and societal benefits of investing in NTD programs and interventions. The workshop will explain how NTD programs can use the supporting tools to develop investment cases to advocate for domestic resources and prioritize NTD investments in a multi-disease environment. It will also describe how, with support from HKI and Deloitte, Sierra Leone’s NTD program will pilot these tools and serve as the advisor on country needs, program and financial data, user testing of the tools, and utilization of the outputs for advocacy. After incorporating the feedback from the pilot in Sierra Leone, the Act | West team will make the tools available to all supported countries to create investment cases that enhance advocacy efforts for domestic resource mobilization for NTD programming.
USAID's Act to End NTDs | West's Kisito Ogoussan

Applying a quality improvement model to neglected tropical diseases program implementation: supporting programs in identifying keys for sustaining operations

West African neglected tropical diseases (NTD) programs have made great progress toward the elimination/control of NTDs amenable to preventive chemotherapy. However, some districts have failed impact surveys—notably for lymphatic filariasis and trachoma—due to implementation inadequacies, despite reporting good mass treatment coverage. A quality improvement framework has been initiated to strengthen country program interventions and address issues that hinder their ability to achieve the World Health Organization NTD road map elimination/control goals.  The workshop aims to present an innovative model for improving implementation and discuss ideas, strategies, and plans for initiating quality improvement (QI) activities. Experiences from Ghana and Sierra Leone in the design and implementation of the QI model will be shared. 
Risk factors associated with failing pre-transmission assessment surveys (pre-TAS) in lymphatic filariasis elimination programs: Results of a multi-country analysis

Risk factors associated with failing pre-transmission assessment surveys (pre-TAS) in lymphatic filariasis elimination programs: Results of a multi-country analysis

This paper reports for the first time factors associated with pre-transmission assessment survey (pre-TAS) results from a multi-country analysis. This information can help countries more effectively forecast program activities, such as the potential need for more rounds of mass drug administration, and prioritize resources to ensure adequate coverage of all persons in areas at highest risk of failing pre-TAS.
Colleagues at USAID's LF TAS Workshop

Lymphatic Filariasis Operational Research Updates from NTDSC

Updates on operational research for lymphatic filariasis were shared from the Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center on January 16, 2020.
The Carter Center's Emily Griswold

Improving Mass Drug Administration Tools

The Carter Center's Emily Griswold presents on improving mass drug administration tools on January 16, 2020.
RTI's Clara Burgert and Diana Lu

High Quality Disease-Specific Assessment Implementation and Electronic Data Collection

RTI's Clara Burgert and Diana Lu talk about how to ensure high-quality standardized surveys on January 16, 2020.
RTI's Clara Burgert

Investigating and Responding to LF Survey Failures

RTI's Clara Burgert leads a panel discussion on how to investigate and respond to LF survey failures on January 15, 2020.