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Short description of the organization and its work to control and eliminate NTDs
CBM supports Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) programmes in areas where these diseases are identified as a public health problem. By building on our long experience and existing strengths, and by developing alliances and networks, we aim to achieve sustainable community-owned NTD programmes.
CBM has been successfully involved in prevention of blindness from onchocerciasis and trachoma for more than 20 years.
- Onchocerciasis (river blindness) - CBM supports the annual treatment with Ivermectin through community directed implementation approach. CBM is mainly active with partners in CAR, Nigeria, DRC, Southern Sudan and Burundi. As a founding member of the NGDO Group for Onchocerciasis Control, CBM has been involved from the very beginning in the African Program for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC) partnership.
- Trachoma - CBM supports a comprehensive SAFE strategy (acronym for Surgery for trichiasis, Antibiotic therapy, Facial cleanliness, and Environmental improvement) with expertise mainly in trichiasis-surgery. CBM is mainly active with partners in Ethiopia, Myanmar, Pakistan, India, Tanzania, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Kenya, China, Cameroon and Nigeria.
- Comprehensive NTD Programme - In 2007 CBM, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and other partners, started a comprehensive NTD control programme in Burundi with financial support from Geneva Global. This is now focusing on impact surveys and integration into National Health Services for sustainability.
The primary focus in current NTD programmes is on prevention and treatment. However, it is important to recognise the need for continuum of care for people affected, in order to reduce suffering from morbidity, stigma and poverty, and enable participation in family and community life.
CBM’s and the partners’ strong experience in community based rehabilitation (CBR), self-help groups and livelihood results in the availability of unique technical expertise in this often-neglected area.