USAID’s Bureau for Global Health, Office of Infectious Disease, Neglected Tropical Diseases Division, is pleased to announce the award of the Control and Elimination Program for Neglected Tropical Diseases Element One. This award builds on the success of previous USAID investments in NTD programs to achieve the WHO 2020 NTD goals.
Quietly, in the shadow of fights against better-known diseases like Ebola, AIDS and malaria, the 20-year battle against trachoma is chalking up impressive victories. Those successes, experts say, show the wisdom of advocating and enforcing basic public health practices, rather than waiting for a miracle cure or a new vaccine. They are also a testament to the unheralded but steady generosity of Americans.
In May, the World Health Organization declared that Ghana and Nepal achieved the milestone of eliminating trachoma as a public health problem. Their success demonstrates that sustained commitment and global partnership can lead to significant reductions in neglected tropical diseases.