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2024

Philippines Launches Ambitious Multi-Disease Elimination Plan on World NTD Day

In a momentous celebration on World Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Day, the Philippines marked a pivotal moment for the health and well-being of Filipinos with the launch of its Multi-Disease Elimination Plan (MDEP) on World Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Day Continue Reading Philippines Launches Ambitious Multi-Disease Elimination Plan on World NTD Day

January 31st, 2024|Categories: 2024, Newsroom|

Finding new ways to reach all Tanzanians with efforts to eliminate neglected tropical diseases

In remote areas of Tanzania, community drug distributors travel miles to visit families in their homes as part of a nationwide effort to eliminate lymphatic filariasis (LF). Photo Credit: RTI International/Roshni Lodhia See the original blog via RTI International. In the heat of the day, fisherfolk draw their nets from the water. Their vessels dot the coastline in Kilwa, a coastal district in southern Tanzania that encompasses five islands. Fishing pays the bills and feeds the families of many in Kilwa.  But these fisherfolk—and their neighbors—are threatened by a disease spread by mosquitoes that is proving difficult to eliminate in certain areas, including Kilwa. Tanzanians, like Dr. Faraja Lyamuya from Tanzania’s Ministry of Health, are leading the charge to address these neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and tailor treatment to reach all Tanzanians at risk, including fisherfolk. Dr. Faraja Lyamuya, LF Focal Person for the Ministry of Health in Tanzania, consulting with community health workers during a LF treatment campaign in Kilwa District, Tanzania. Photo credit:

January 29th, 2024|Categories: 2024, Newsroom|

2023

Notice of Funding Opportunity on Grants.gov

Health care researchers working in a laboratory prepare a slide on a microscope. Credit: Vic Josh (licensed) On October 26, 2023, the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Ending Neglected Diseases through Operational Research project was posted on Grants.gov. Thank you for your interest in USAID's Neglected Tropical Diseases Program.

November 2nd, 2023|Categories: 2023, Newsroom|

I’m just glad it’s gone

See the original story on USAID's website. I am just glad it's gone. “If it hurt too much, I stayed home. It hurt so much I couldn’t walk or go anywhere. It got to the point where I could only cry.” - Mr. Bounsom Lokxayyalueb recalled his painful experience living with lymphatic filariasis. These infections, called acute attacks, can be debilitatingly painful and cause the condition to worsen over time. When his pain was at its worst, Bounsom Lokxayyalueb, from Lao People’s Democratic Republic, could not work or even shower himself. Now 73, Mr Lokxayyalueb caught lymphatic filariasis, a neglected tropical disease, from a mosquito bite. More than 36 million people globally are affected by this condition, more commonly called elephantiasis, which causes swelling of the extremities. Severe pain, which started in his knee, kept him from farming to support his family of five children. Mr Lokxayyalueb was delighted by the news that Lao PDR has eliminated lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem. By eliminating LF as

October 19th, 2023|Categories: 2023, Newsroom|

USAID Congratulates Laos PDR on Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis

USAID is pleased to congratulate the Lao People's Democratic Republic for eliminating the disease lymphatic filariasis (LF). The World Health Organization (WHO) today announced the successful elimination of LF, a painful and disabling neglected tropical disease, as a public health problem. LF is a parasitic, mosquito-borne disease transmitted to humans and endemic in 72 countries. Long term, the disease can damage a person’s lymphatic system and cause severe, disabling swelling of the extremities. People living with LF-related conditions often suffer mental, social, and financial losses, which contribute to stigma and poverty. Elimination of LF is a notable public health achievement for Laos. After years of treatment with safe, effective medicines, surveys showed the level of this infectious disease no longer presents a significant public health concern. To demonstrate this, the Government of Laos gathered evidence, evaluated the quality of services for persons living with chronic LF, and submitted formal proof to the World Health Organization (WHO). Since 2011, USAID has supported Laos to eliminate two neglected tropical

October 16th, 2023|Categories: 2023, Newsroom|

Join us virtually on September 22! RSVP today.

Join us Virtually to Discuss NTD Progress, Challenges, & Learning You are invited to join the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) at For All to Thrive: NTD Progress, Challenges, and Learning, a global event organized by USAID’s Act to End NTDs | East and Act to End NTDs | West programs. September 22, 2023 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (GMT+3) >> RSVP of the Virtual Event << Join us to celebrate progress, address challenges, and share learnings from more than 20+ countries working to control and eliminate neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). During the event, ministries of health, NGOs, and partners will share experiences and facilitate a discussion about opportunities and challenges en route to the WHO 2030 NTD Road Map goals. USAID will share approaches to collaborating with governments as they work to achieve sustainable NTD services and also showcase a vision for future programming. While this event is happening in person in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, the event is nearing capacity. We encourage you to

September 14th, 2023|Categories: 2023, Newsroom|

Benin Eliminates Ancient Blinding Disease Following U.S. Support

Today the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recognizes a substantial public health achievement in Benin. The World Health Organization has announced the country successfully eliminated trachoma, the leading infectious cause of blindness, as a public health problem.  Continue Reading Benin Eliminates Ancient Blinding Disease Following U.S. Support

May 16th, 2023|Categories: 2023, Newsroom|

2022

U.S. Congratulates Government of Niger for Commitment to End Neglected Diseases

Niger’s Ministry of Public Health led the development of the sustainability plan with support from other government sectors and relevant stakeholders. The newly adopted plan emphasizes the Government’s key priorities, strategies, and provides benchmarks to help measure progress. Continue Reading U.S. Congratulates Government of Niger for Commitment to End Neglected Diseases

December 15th, 2022|Categories: 2022, Newsroom|

USAID Recognizes Progress and Urges Sustainable Solutions to Control and Eliminate Disabling Diseases

In mid-November USAID held a regional dialogue with 11 countries to recognize progress and discuss countries’ long-term plans for achieving sustainable health services for neglected tropical diseases. Continue Reading USAID Recognizes Progress and Urges Sustainable Solutions to Control and Eliminate Disabling Diseases

November 11th, 2022|Categories: 2022, Newsroom|

The Simple Tool Used to Determine Dosage when Treating for NTDs

When fighting Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), simple, affordable tools help disease-affected countries in the fight. A dose pole or measuring stick is one such tool that is especially important in low-resource settings. Highly effective, the dose pole is powerful in its simplicity. Continue Reading The Simple Tool Used to Determine Dosage when Treating for NTDs

July 1st, 2022|Categories: 2022, Newsroom|

Defeating a Disabling Disease: Uganda is succeeding against one of the world’s oldest illnesses

Uganda is on a mission to eliminate NTDs, including one of the oldest, most disabling diseases on earth - lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis). Because of Uganda's success fighting this disease, future generations will not have to experience this devastating disease. Continue Reading Defeating a Disabling Disease: Uganda is succeeding against one of the world’s oldest illnesses

January 28th, 2022|Categories: 2022, Newsroom|

2021

Pharmaceutical manufacturer achieves WHO prequalification for a drug that treats schistosomiasis

India-based manufacturer Medopharm Pharmaceutical Private Limited is now the second manufacturer of quality-assured praziquantel 600mg film-coated tablets to receive WHO prequalification – a major accomplishment in broadening the drug’s reach. More than 52 countries are endemic for schistosomiasis, the disease treated by the drug. Continue Reading Pharmaceutical manufacturer achieves WHO prequalification for a drug that treats schistosomiasis

May 3rd, 2021|Categories: 2021, Newsroom|

Spotlight on the African Researchers’ Small Grants Program

Since 2017, USAID has supported the African Researchers' Small Grants Program, which has provided modest grants of up to $25,000 to scientists interested in helping end NTDs in their countries. Alumni of the program have gone on to become thought leaders in their field —for example, Pelagie Boko-Collins, of Benin. Continue Reading Spotlight on the African Researchers’ Small Grants Program

February 1st, 2021|Categories: 2021, Newsroom|

A Catalyst for Ramping Up Progress on Sustainability in Ghana

By bringing critical stakeholders together to establish a shared understanding of the barriers to NTD progress, agree on the need for collaboration, and coordinate action to continue Ghana’s path to NTD control and elimination, the sensitization meeting served as a catalyst for ramping up progress toward NTD sustainability in Ghana. Continue Reading A Catalyst for Ramping Up Progress on Sustainability in Ghana

January 27th, 2021|Categories: 2021, Newsroom|

2020

Guinea’s NTD Program Treats 4.4 million People in 14 days, Despite COVID-19

What does it take to distribute almost 20 million pills to over 4.4 million people in just 14 days? Planning, training, and mobilization of thousands of community drug distributors (CDDs)—key elements that programs targeting neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) must organize in a typical year. Continue Reading Guinea’s NTD Program Treats 4.4 million People in 14 days, Despite COVID-19

October 22nd, 2020|Categories: 2020, Newsroom|

A Mighty Force: One woman sets her sights on the health of Filipino children

When Dr. Leda Hernandez began managing the Philippines’ lymphatic filariasis (LF) program more than 25 years ago, she was given just one piece of paper to work with: a prevalence survey from 1960 and reports of a “mysterious disease” coming from some districts. See Dr. Leda’s story for more... Continue Reading A Mighty Force: One woman sets her sights on the health of Filipino children

October 14th, 2020|Categories: 2020, Newsroom|

2019

USAID Launches Program, Highlights Ugandan Government Commitment to Fighting Disease

USAID, in collaboration with 13 ministries of health, formally launched a new program to control and eliminate five NTDs in Southeast Asia, East Africa and elsewhere. The five-year, USAID-funded Act to End NTDs | East program is successor to USAID’s ENVISION project. The launch of the new program took place April 29-30 in Kampala. Continue Reading USAID Launches Program, Highlights Ugandan Government Commitment to Fighting Disease

April 30th, 2019|Categories: 2019, Newsroom|

2018

Notice of Award: Control and Elimination Program for Neglected Tropical Diseases, Element Two

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 Two. Continue Reading Notice of Award: Control and Elimination Program for Neglected Tropical Diseases, Element Two

September 19th, 2018|Categories: 2018, Newsroom|

Seeking Refuge: Improving the Health of Refugees in Uganda’s West Nile

Once refugees cross the Ugandan border, crowded living conditions, limited access to clean water, and poor sanitation in settlements can lead to other threats such as infection and disease. Assessing the burden, providing treatment and preventing neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) among refugees is essential to improving the health of refugees and a key part of Uganda’s strategy to eliminate NTDs. Continue Reading Seeking Refuge: Improving the Health of Refugees in Uganda’s West Nile

September 14th, 2018|Categories: 2018, Newsroom|

Notice of Award: Control and Elimination Program for Neglected Tropical Diseases, Element One

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. Continue Reading Notice of Award: Control and Elimination Program for Neglected Tropical Diseases, Element One

July 25th, 2018|Categories: 2018, Newsroom|

Now in Sight: Success Against an Infection That Blinds

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. Continue Reading Now in Sight: Success Against an Infection That Blinds

July 18th, 2018|Categories: 2018, Newsroom|

Nepal and Ghana Exemplify the Journey Toward Self-Reliance in Eliminating Trachoma

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. Continue Reading Nepal and Ghana Exemplify the Journey Toward Self-Reliance in Eliminating Trachoma

July 10th, 2018|Categories: 2018, Newsroom|

USAID Neglected Tropical Disease Program 2016 Evaluation

In recognition of the 10-year anniversary of the USAID NTD program, the Agency commissioned an independent evaluation to better understand how the program has contributed to achieving the World Health Organization (WHO) 2020 NTD goals and inform the future direction of the Agency NTD Program. Continue Reading USAID Neglected Tropical Disease Program 2016 Evaluation

April 10th, 2018|Categories: 2018, Newsroom|

2017

NTD Donor Landscape 2017

The donor landscape has been initiated by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID), both supporters of the World Health Organization’s 2020 goals to control or eliminate neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). This document was developed in response to the growing number of requests from the global NTD community to better understand the focus of donor contributions. Continue Reading NTD Donor Landscape 2017

July 15th, 2020|Categories: 2017, Newsroom|

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Launches Reaching the Last Mile Fund to Raise $100 Million to End River Blindness and Lymphatic Filariasis

USAID looks forward to collaborating with the newly launched Fund to advance the elimination agenda, coordinating and co-investing in countries where USAID is currently providing support. Continue Reading His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Launches Reaching the Last Mile Fund to Raise $100 Million to End River Blindness and Lymphatic Filariasis

November 15th, 2017|Categories: 2017, Newsroom|

U.S. Agency for International Development Recognizes the Distinguished Career of Dr. Dirk Engels

U.S. Agency for International Development recognizes the distinguished career of Dr. Dirk Engels and in particular his enormous contribution and service in the fight against neglected tropical diseases. Dr. Engles retired on September 29, 2017. Continue Reading U.S. Agency for International Development Recognizes the Distinguished Career of Dr. Dirk Engels

September 29th, 2017|Categories: 2017, Newsroom|

Cambodia and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic Wipe out Trachoma—Leading Infectious Cause of Blindness

On September 19th, The World Health Organization (WHO) congratulated the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic on eliminating trachoma as a public health problem. Continue Reading Cambodia and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic Wipe out Trachoma—Leading Infectious Cause of Blindness

September 19th, 2017|Categories: 2017, Newsroom|

Neglected Tropical Diseases Technical Consultation Executive Summary

On May 9th, 2017, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) hosted over 50 public, private, and nonprofit organizations working or interested in neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in a daylong technical consultation meeting organized by USAID’s NTD Division. Please read the executive summary of the technical consultation. Continue Reading Neglected Tropical Diseases Technical Consultation Executive Summary

August 15th, 2017|Categories: 2017, Newsroom|

85 Million People Treated for Trachoma through Expanded Access to Medicine

New data released by the World Health Organization (WHO) show a remarkable 63% increase in the number of people treated with an antibiotic for trachoma during the period 2014–2016, considerably improving prospects for the global elimination of the disease. Continue Reading 85 Million People Treated for Trachoma through Expanded Access to Medicine

July 13th, 2017|Categories: 2017, Newsroom|

Supervising Trichiasis Surgeons: It’s All About Support

By training and deploying surgical supportive supervisors, the USAID-funded MMDP Project helps trichiasis surgeons continually improve, and ensures that patients receive the highest quality services possible. It’s just one way the MMDP Project supports countries in meeting their trachoma elimination goals. Continue Reading Supervising Trichiasis Surgeons: It’s All About Support

June 21st, 2017|Categories: 2017, Newsroom|

Announcing the African Researchers’ Small Grants Program

With support from USAID, the African Research Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases is collaborating with the Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases to initiate the African Researchers’ Small Grants Program. A formal call for proposals is available here. Continue Reading Announcing the African Researchers’ Small Grants Program

January 11th, 2017|Categories: 2017, Newsroom|

2016

USAID’s Plan to Eliminate NTDs: What You Need to Know

Earlier this year, the U.S. Agency for International Development marked 10 years of work on NTDs and launched a new five-year strategy to eliminate trachoma, the world's leading cause of preventable blindness, and lymphatic filariasis, a painful and disfiguring parasitic infection transmitted by mosquitoes. Continue Reading USAID’s Plan to Eliminate NTDs: What You Need to Know

December 9th, 2016|Categories: 2016, Newsroom|

Reviews Set Out UK Vision for an Open, Modern Development System

The UK launched two reviews on December 1, 2016, that establish how the UK will champion an open, modern and innovative approach to development that will effectively tackle the global challenges of the 21st century while delivering the best results for the world’s poorest: Raising the standard: The Multilateral Development Review 2016 and Rising to the challenge of ending poverty: The Bilateral Development Review 2016. Continue Reading Reviews Set Out UK Vision for an Open, Modern Development System

December 1st, 2016|Categories: 2016, Newsroom|

We Must Finish Fight against Diseases We’ve Overlooked for Too Long

Neglected tropical diseases, or NTDs, are a group of debilitating illnesses that affect the poorest and most marginalized communities in the world. They can kill -- NTDs cause about 150,000 deaths every year -- but their main impact is to sicken and disable. Approximately 1.6 billion people are affected by one or more NTD. Continue Reading We Must Finish Fight against Diseases We’ve Overlooked for Too Long

November 28th, 2016|Categories: 2016, Newsroom|

“It’s When the Sun Rises and the Wind Blows.” On World Sight Day, Let’s Recommit to Ending Trachoma By Emily Troubali

Across the globe, there are 200 million people at risk of trachoma, a preventable, blinding infectious disease. More than three million people are in need of immediate surgery to avoid blindness due to trichiasis, a manifestation of trachoma that causes eyelashes to turn inward, scraping the cornea with each blink. We blink 19,000 times a day. Continue Reading “It’s When the Sun Rises and the Wind Blows.” On World Sight Day, Let’s Recommit to Ending Trachoma By Emily Troubali

October 13th, 2016|Categories: 2016, Newsroom|

For Trichiasis Surgeons, It Helps to Learn from a Dummy

The result was HEAD START, a brown-eyed, silicone mannequin that gazes patiently upward as students swath it in sterile drapes and cut into its orbicularis muscle, tarsal plate and conjunctiva. Crucial to the design are the dummy’s removable eyelids, which allow trainees to examine the precision of their work. Continue Reading For Trichiasis Surgeons, It Helps to Learn from a Dummy

June 2nd, 2016|Categories: 2016, Newsroom|

USAID Announces $4 Million Contribution in Support of ESPEN

USAID joins the Kuwait Fund, the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID), the World Bank, the END Fund, the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa, MSD, Sightsavers, and other organizations, which are together providing a cumulative $11.4 million in seed funding. Continue Reading USAID Announces $4 Million Contribution in Support of ESPEN

May 26th, 2016|Categories: 2016, Newsroom|

Meet the Team Working to Eliminate One of the World’s Leading Causes of Blindess

Preschool-aged children like Anwar, who often live in extreme poverty, are most at risk of contracting Chlamydia trachomatis, a bacterium that spreads through eye and nose discharge, hand contact and flies. With repeated episodes of infections over many years, it causes the eyelashes to turn inward, scraping the cornea, causing great pain and eventually leading to blindness. Continue Reading Meet the Team Working to Eliminate One of the World’s Leading Causes of Blindess

May 17th, 2016|Categories: 2016, Newsroom|

Meet the National Parasite Collection’s Most Fascinating Creepy-Crawlies

You won't be able to see any of the 20 million or so creatures in the National Parasite Collection for a while because displays take a few years to create. In the meantime, here are some of the collection's most fascinating creepy-crawlies, chosen by Anna J. Phillips, research zoologist at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Continue Reading Meet the National Parasite Collection’s Most Fascinating Creepy-Crawlies

March 19th, 2016|Categories: 2016, Newsroom|

2015

Participate in the Global NGO Deworming Inventory

The Global NGO Deworming Inventory complements the WHO Preventive Chemotherapy Databank by collecting district-level data on NGO-administered deworming treatments. The Inventory is a collaborative project of WHO, the STH Coalition, and the Global Schistosomiasis Alliance, in partnership with Children Without Worms (CWW). Continue Reading Participate in the Global NGO Deworming Inventory

August 31st, 2015|Categories: 2015, Newsroom|

Domestic Financing Critical to Achieving the NTD 2020 Goals

The Third Progress Report of the London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) "Country Leadership and Collaboration on Neglected Tropical Diseases," released June 25, 2015, notes that significant global progress has been made in raising the visibility of NTDs and in introducing and expanding national NTD programs. Continue Reading Domestic Financing Critical to Achieving the NTD 2020 Goals

June 25th, 2015|Categories: 2015, Newsroom|

2014

Ghana Creates Public-private Partnerships to Ramp Up NTD Diagnoses and Treatments

[post_published] End in Africa Logo Are there opportunities out there for public-private collaboration on NTDs? The Ghana NTD Programme certainly thinks so. Learn how it’s working with the country’s Society of Private Medical and Dental Practitioners (SPMDP) to collaborate more effectively. Read the full article here

September 24th, 2014|Categories: 2014, Newsroom|

Photo Gallery Launch at the American Cultural Center, Maputo, Mozambique, in Recognition of USAID’s One Billion and Counting Campaign

A Photo Gallery was launched in recognition of USAID’s One Billion and Counting Campaign: Accelerating Action to Eliminate NTDs at the American Cultural Center in Maputo, Mozambique. Continue Reading Photo Gallery Launch at the American Cultural Center, Maputo, Mozambique, in Recognition of USAID’s One Billion and Counting Campaign

September 2nd, 2014|Categories: 2014, Newsroom|