It’s Time to Take Togo Off the WHO Trachoma List

Trachoma is an eye infection caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis. Although it is both treatable and preventable, trachoma remains a leading infectious cause of blindness worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) has set a global goal to eliminate trachoma as a public health problem in all countries by 2020. But what does it mean

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Cross-Border Collaboration: Key for Sustaining Gains Against NTDs

The excitement that surrounded the World Health Organization (WHO) announcement in 2017 that the Republic of Togo had become the first sub-Saharan African country to eliminate lymphatic filariasis (LF or elephantiasis) as a public health problem is slowly dying out as we contemplate the implications of this announcement. Ghana has also submitted its final dossier

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The Sustainability Continuum for Neglected Tropical Diseases Programs

The Neglected Tropical Diseases Program (NTDP) Sustainability Continuum measures a national NTDP’s progress toward achieving long-term sustainability. Consisting of four stages that begin with ‘stand-alone NTDPs’ and advance toward full integration with the broader health system, the Sustainability Continuum seeks to help countries achieve their goals of NTD elimination and post-elimination care. The NTDPs in

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Onchocerciasis Elimination Update and Committees in END in Africa Countries

Human onchocerciasis (oncho), or river blindness, is a disease caused by Onchocerca volvulus, a parasitic microscopic worm transmitted by black flies (called Simulium), that affects the skin and eye, and can end in irreversible blindness. The disease is known as ‘river blindness’ because the vector (black flies or Simulium) are insects that breed in fast-flowing

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Supportive Supervision during Ghana’s 2017 Onchocerciasis Survey

In 2017, END in Africa Project Director Bolivar Pou visited Ghana with three goals in mind: (1) reviewing progress toward neglected tropical disease (NTD) control and elimination in Ghana with staff from the national NTD program and FHI 360 (FHI 360 is the implementing agency in Ghana for the END in Africa project); (2) identifying

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Supportive Supervision Visit Reviews Progress in Côte d’Ivoire’s Fight against Neglected Tropical Diseases

Each year, the manager of the END in Africa project Mr. Simon Polanco Bolivar Pou conducts supportive supervisory visits to countries supported by the project to discuss project management, progress and challenges with local neglected tropical diseases (NTD) stakeholders such as the leadership of the Ministries of Health, NTD program staff, project subgrantees, and other

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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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