This paper explores the experience of the NTD Control Program which demonstrates that an integrated approach to control or eliminate the five preventive chemotherapy neglected diseases can be effective at full national scale.
In 2006, the United States Agency for International Development established the Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) Control Program to facilitate integration of national programs targeting elimination or control of lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminthiasis and blinding trachoma.
By the end of year 3, 12 countries were supported by this program that focused first on disease mapping where needed, and then on initiating or expanding disease-specific programs in a coordinated/integrated fashion.
The number of persons reached each year increased progressively, with a cumulative total during the first three years of 98 million persons receiving 222 million treatments with donated drugs valued at more than $1.4 billion.
Geographic coverage increased substantially for all these infections, and the program has supported training of more than 220,000 persons to implement the programs.
This current experience of the NTD Control Program demonstrates clearly that an integrated approach to control or eliminate these five neglected diseases can be effective at full national scale.
- Published: 2011
- Authors: Mary Linehan, Christy Hanson, Angela Weaver, Margaret Baker, Achille Kabore, Kathryn L. Zoerhoff, Dieudonne Sankara, Scott Torres, Eric A. Ottesen