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END in Africa Project Team Wins Award for Program Excellence

In April 2017, the END in Africa project team was awarded the 2016 Impact Award for Program Excellence. This award recognizes the outstanding contributions of an individual staff member or team to FHI 360’s leadership in global and domestic health, education and development. This contribution may have been demonstrated by promoting integrated development solutions and/or

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Persistent ‘hotspots’ of lymphatic filariasis microfilaraemia despite 14 years of mass drug administration in Ghana

Among the 216 districts in Ghana, 98 were declared endemic for lymphatic filariasis in 1999 after mapping. Pursuing the goal of elimination, WHO recommends annual treatment using mass drugs administration (MDA) for at least 5 years. MDA was started in the country in 2001 and reached national coverage in 2006. By 2014, 69 districts had

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A Roadmap for Taking Togo off the List of Trachoma-Endemic Countries

A leading infectious cause of blindness worldwide, trachoma is a disease caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis. Trachoma has not been considered a big problem in Togo because baseline studies in 2006, 2009, and 2011 had shown that the prevalence of trachomatous inflammation—follicular (TF) (an early form of the disease that indicates active trachoma infection)

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Cross-Border Collaboration: Synchronizing Treatment for NTDs in West Africa

After six years, during which over 429 million treatments were administered to over 202 million people, many of the six END in Africa-supported countries are ‘walking the final mile’ in the fight against several neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)—namely elephantiasis and trachoma—with plans to stop nationwide mass drug administration (MDA) for these two diseases by 2020.

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Preparing for Post-Elimination while Avoiding Further Neglect

Neglected tropical disease programs (NTDPs) have made significant achievements in the last decade. With the financial support of international donors, many affected countries that previously had disease cases nationwide, have transitioned to just experiencing disease “hot spots,” in which certain NTDs are largely confined to specific geographic areas within the country. A few countries have

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END In Africa Countries Forge Ahead with New End-Game Activities in FY 2017

Seven years into the END in Africa project, five of the six implementing countries (Burkina Faso, Ghana, Niger, Togo, and Sierra Leone) have made remarkable progress toward the elimination of trachoma and lymphatic filariasis (LF).[1] Current data from the original five project countries indicate that 73.3% of endemic districts (88 out of 120) have stopped

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Organizational Capacity: A Building Block for Sustainability for National NTD Programs

Organizational capacity includes the systems, processes, tools, leadership, and staff, across organizational functions, which enable the achievement of results. By strengthening organizational capacity, we help Neglected Tropical Disease Programs (NTDPs) to develop systems and processes for effectively carrying out financial analysis, strategic planning, partnership activities, advocacy, and communications activities. Effective implementation of these functions is

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A Reflection on the USAID NTD Program’s 10th Anniversary from the Perspective of END In Africa

As the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Program celebrates 10 years of hard work toward eliminating and controlling some of the world’s most debilitating diseases, the END in Africa project, managed by FHI 360, marks seven years as USAID’s on-the-ground partner in the fight against NTDs. Since September 29, 2010,

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Enabling sustainability through advocacy: Key principles to better articulate program value and advance program objectives

Neglected Tropical Disease Programs (NTDPs) have long known that advocacy can be a powerful tool for engaging stakeholders and catalyzing action. Over the past decade, many national NTDPs have used advocacy campaigns to encourage citizens to take preventive medicines for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) such as trachoma and lymphatic filariasis. Yet all too often campaigns

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Africa’s First Generation Free from Lymphatic Filariasis: Togo’s Triumph over an Infectious Disease

Togo’s lymphatic filiariasis (LF) story began in 1997, when the World Health Assembly (WHA) passed a resolution calling for the “elimination of lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem.”[1] Although the idea of eliminating neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) such as LF was, at the time, unprecedented in Africa, and funding for such an endeavor was

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