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Supportive Supervisory Visit to Sierra Leone Helps Ensure Excellence through Team Work

Each year, END in Africa Project Director Bolivar Pou conducts supportive supervisory visits to the six countries covered by the neglected tropical diseases (NTD) project, to discuss project management, progress, and challenges with local stakeholders. Stakeholders include the leadership of the ministries of health (MOH), NTD program staff, project subgrantees, and other in-country partners working

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Resource Mobilization for Morbidity Management

The END in Africa project focuses on the control and elimination of seven neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) that can be targeted with preventive chemotherapy, including: lymphatic filariasis (LF), blinding trachoma, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis and three soil-transmitted helminthiases (STH). In addition to causing sickness, several of these diseases can also lead to severe and lifelong morbidity and

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Integrated Mass Treatment Protects 13 Million against Neglected Tropical Diseases in Côte d’Ivoire

Beginning with a kick-off ceremony in Daoukro district on May 12, 2017, Côte d’Ivoire launched its annual integrated mass treatment campaign against three neglected tropical diseases (NTD)—lymphatic filariasis (LF), onchocerciasis (oncho) and soil-transmitted helminths (STH), which took place on May 12–19, 2017 in 57 health districts. Notable attendees including the country’s director general for health;

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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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