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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Sustainability Framework Offers Possible Roadmap to Lasting Impact on NTDs

Neglected Tropical Disease Programs (NTDPs) across West Africa have achieved tremendous success in efforts to control and eliminate highly debilitating, but not typically well-known, diseases. Recently, the country of Togo achieved one of the most significant accomplishments to date when it was declared free of lymphatic filariasis (LF) by the World Health Organization (WHO) in

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The Beginning of the End: Ghana’s Trachoma Elimination Program

One of the oldest diseases known to man, trachoma is a painful infectious eye disease caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis.  It begins as conjunctivitis, usually in childhood, and infection is often recurrent in children living in extreme poverty. Spread through bacteria-carrying houseflies or contact with infected persons, trachoma is the world’s leading cause of preventable

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Can Togo meet the 2020 target for elimination of onchocerciasis as a public health problem?

About five years ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) laid out an ambitious set of global goals around the elimination or control of 17 neglected tropical diseases (NTD), among them the elimination of onchocerciasis, or river blindness, in selected African countries by 2020.[1] In 2012, the neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) community of pharmaceutical companies, donors,

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Early Review Enables Quick Learning: END in Africa’s Initial Activities in Cote d’Ivoire

Although it has only been a few months since the USAID-funded, FHI 360-managed END in Africa project for the control/elimination of 5 neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)—lymphatic filariasis, trachoma, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis—began operations in Cote d’Ivoire, the project already has several important lessons to share with the NTD community. The country’s first project review

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Free Webinar on April 4 & 5 on Lessons Learned in MDA in Burkina Faso, Benin and Haiti

MDA Preparation, Implementation and Evaluation: Lessons learned in Haiti, Benin and Burkina Faso   Panelists: Dr. Jean Frantz Lemoine, National NTD Program, Ministry of Health, Haiti Dr. Moudachirou Ibikounle, National NTD Program, University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin Mr. Windtaré Roland Bougma, National NTD Program, Ministry of Health, Burkina Faso Dr. Abdel Direny, ENVISION Project, RTI International,

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END in Africa’s Five-Year Report Card

If projects were graded by the number of people they’ve help, the END in Africa project would have earned some pretty good grades for its first five years of operations. By the end of September 2015, the project had treated more than 153 million people[1] for at least one neglected tropical disease (NTD), giving out

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