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Short description of the organization and its work to control and eliminate NTDs
RTI is a global leader in NTD control and elimination. Since 2006, RTI has worked in partnership with NTD endemic countries to help integrate and scale up their national NTD control programs for lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminths, and trachoma. With RTI’s support, national programs succeeded in integrating and scaling up delivery of preventive chemotherapy, rapidly increasing the number of people treated from 16.3 million in 4 countries to over 100 million in 13 countries after 6 years.
RTI's expertise is in integrated NTD control program management and implementation, integrated strategic planning and costing, mass drug administration, data management, monitoring and evaluation, surveillance, capacity building, communications and advocacy, supply chain management, technical assistance, disease mapping, policy development, integrated vector management, and operational research.
RTI developed and refined, in concert with WHO and partners, a strategy and supporting tools for initiating and sustaining integrated NTD country programs. The “NTD Roll-out Package”-reflecting consensus on a sequence of important activities that led to well-designed, government-led, cost-effective, efficient, and integrated national NTD control programs-won the endorsement of WHO’s Strategic and Technical Advisory Group (STAG) as a best practice for integrated NTD programming.
RTI currently leads the USAID-funded ENVISION project (www.ntdenvision.org), the largest single supporter of NTD program implementation globally. In 2012-2013, the project worked in 14 countries supporting the distribution of nearly US$2 billion in donated medicines, targeting more than 84 million people. RTI contributes to global policy dialogue on integrated NTD control, participating in multiple World Health Organization (WHO) Advisory and Working Groups on NTDs. RTI is also a member of the International Coalition for Trachoma Control, the LF NGDO Network, and the NTD NGDO Network.