This brochure summarizes the work of USAID's Act to End NTDs | West Program, providing a big picture look at program activities and progress to date as we continue taking action to disrupt the damage of debilitating diseases of poverty. Built on a foundation of broad international cooperation and implemented by a strong consortium of deeply committed partners, led by FHI 360, Act | West works closely with the governments of 11 African countries to eliminate and control five of the world’s most common NTDs over the long term.
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.
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.
Cross-sector approaches for sustainable service delivery: Integration with education and health for sustainable NTD programming
As Ministries of Education oversee the institutions that are critical platforms for deworming, health education, linkages to health services, and collaboration between education and health provide unique opportunities for NTD service delivery and sustainability. Ms. Dolegui will present approaches from Ghana, Senegal, and Sierra Leone and discuss opportunities to strengthen collaboration.
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.
The gender strategy contains an actionable set of recommendations, based on literature and quantitative and qualitative data, intended to contribute to the overall achievement of Act to End NTDs | West program objectives as well as increased gender equality throughout program implementation.
The Carter Center's Emily Griswold presents on improving mass drug administration tools on January 16, 2020.
Updates on operational research for lymphatic filariasis were shared from the Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center on January 16, 2020.
RTI's Clara Burgert and Diana Lu talk about how to ensure high-quality standardized surveys on January 16, 2020.
IMA Tanzania's Andreas Nshala presents Tanzania's experience with conducting transmission assessment surveys for lymphatic filariasis on January 15, 2020.