With a growing number of countries nearing success over the next five years, USAID is engaging in formative work to provide guidance on strategies for countries to address their long term surveillance and morbidity management needs once USAID has discontinued support.

USAID’s Morbidity Management and Disability Prevention (MMDP) Project, implemented by Helen Keller International (HKI), aims to help countries meet elimination targets for trachoma and lymphatic filariasis (LF) and alleviate the suffering and debilitating effects of these diseases.

The project works in a subset of countries supported by USAID’s Neglected Tropical Disease Program (Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, and Cameroon) to develop tools and best practices for the provision and access to MMDP services.

These tools include:

  • Strategic planning, situation analysis, and data collection on disease burden
  • Training guides and tools for local surgeons, including surgical mannequins
  • Data collection and monitoring systems