A community health worker prepares to deliver treatment for lymphatic filariasis and soil-transmitted helminths at a school in northern Haiti. (Photo by Kara Eberle/IMA World Health)
A community health worker prepares to deliver treatment for lymphatic filariasis and soil-transmitted helminths at a school in northern Haiti. (Photo by Kara Eberle/IMA World Health)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – IMA World Health, with leadership from RTI International, will play a critical role in the United States Agency for International Development’s new Control & Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases – Element Two (CEP-NTD) Project.

Together with RTI International, IMA will work alongside partners in Haiti and Tanzania to eliminate seven NTDs—lymphatic filariasis, trachoma, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, and three intestinal worms known as soil-transmitted helminths— as public health threats and build sustainable country-led systems to prevent NTDs.

“As a proven leader in NTD control and prevention work, IMA World Health has seen the difference this vital work makes around the world,” IMA World Health President and CEO Rick Santos said. “We know we can rid the world of these terrible diseases that unnecessarily keep people in poverty, and inhibit their ability to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. We are excited to continue to be able to do this work and look forward to joining our partners to beat NTDs.”

IMA joins a diverse team of partners, led by RTI, in implementing the five-year project. The team includes The Carter Center, Fred Hollows Foundation, Light for the World, Sightsavers, Results for Development, Save the Children and WI-HER.

RTI has been working with USAID to control and eliminate NTDs since 2006. RTI leads ENVISION, a global NTD project with on-the-ground implementation in 19 NTD-endemic countries, strengthening ministries of health and their national NTD programs. IMA has been an implementing partner in ENVISION since 2011.

Read more about the official announcement here.

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