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Planning for elimination within the USAID NTD portfolio

May 20th, 2015

Most people aren’t very fond of transitions; indeed, some even avoid them. But managers of neglected tropical diseases (NTD) programs aren’t like most people. Not only do they welcome program transitions, they actually seek them out. Why? Because in the world of NTD control and elimination, transitions are powerful signs of program success. Successful national

A Review of Burkina Faso’s NTD Program: Progress, Challenges and Next Steps

April 21st, 2015

In the past few years, Burkina Faso’s Neglected Tropical Diseases Program (NTDP) has made some pretty impressive inroads against several neglected tropical diseases (NTD) that have plagued the country for decades. Among its achievements are reaching World Health Organization (WHO) thresholds for stopping mass treatments (a.k.a. mass drug administration or MDA) for lymphatic filariasis (LF),

Diversification is good for business…and for NTD Programs

December 16th, 2014

The private sector has money and a willingness to invest in public health. National NTD programs need funding to protect millions of the world’s poorest from devastating diseases. So, how can NTD program managers gain access to the world of private investment so they can start putting these funds to good use? END in Africa

With Progress Comes Challenges: As Countries Approach Lymphatic Filariasis and Trachoma Elimination, NTD Programs Look for Ways to Verify, Hang onto Success

November 18th, 2014

After years of grassroots outreach and nationwide travel to provide preventive medicines to millions of citizens, even those living in the most remote communities, END in Africa countries have good reason to celebrate the progress achieved in their fight against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), especially lymphatic filariasis (LF) and trachoma. In the three trachoma-endemic END

Collaborating for Results in Ghana: Public-Private Partnerships and NTDs

September 24th, 2014

Each year, members of Ghana’s Society of Private Medical and Dental Practitioners (SPMDP) gather at the SPMDP’s annual meeting to discuss new trends in healthcare and issues of common interest. After consistent advocacy by Ghana’s Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Programme, this year the SPMDP chose to focus its 36th annual meeting on building its members’

Ghana launches NTD master plan, mass drug administration campaign, celebrates billionth NTD treatment

July 3rd, 2014

On Thursday, July 3, 2014, the Government of Ghana launched both its Ghana Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) master plan and its 2014 strategic mass drug administration (MDA) campaign, while also celebrating the One Billionth NTD Treatment delivered globally with USAID support. USAID funds the END in Africa project, which supports Ghana Health Services (GHS) and

From Standardized to Just the Right Size: Customizing Standard Operating Procedures for NTD Supply Chain Management

July 1st, 2014

One of the best ways to become an expert in any field is to carefully learn, study, apply and adapt the successful techniques and methods of other well-known experts. This is true for individuals and large organizations, alike. Government agencies and programs have long recognized the benefits of learning from the experts, which is why

Surveillance, Sustainability among Topics Discussed at Spring 2014 END In Africa Partners Meeting

May 29th, 2014

Four years into the USAID-funded, FHI360-managed END in Africa project, which targets five neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)—lymphatic filariasis (LF), schistosomiasis, trachoma, onchocerciasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis—in the five fast-track West African countries of Burkina Faso, Ghana, Niger, Sierra Leone and Togo, about 50 stakeholders met in the Ghanaian capital city of Accra to review progress and

Review of schistosomiasis and soil transmitted helminthiasis situation in Ghana sheds light on promising new treatment strategies

September 12th, 2013

It’s hard to keep the conversation polite when the topics of discussion are schistosomiasis (SCH) and soil-transmitted helminths (STH), two of the world’s nastiest neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). So, don’t say you haven’t been fairly warned. People get SCH and STH when they come into contact with worm eggs that have been excreted in human

Behind the scenes at the FY2014 END in Africa work planning sessions

June 19th, 2013

Alexander Graham Bell once said, “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” While the famous telephone inventor was more familiar with communications than global health, he may as well have been speaking directly to a group of national NTD program managers and NTD stakeholders in the affected countries. Successful implementation of the many