IMA celebrates the 10th anniversary of USAID’s NTD program

  • Sep 23, 2016
MDA Tanzania
A student receives medicine during a mass drug administration in the Lindi District of the Lindi Region of Tanzania. (IMA World Health/Christopher Glass)


MA World Health is excited to join USAID and partners this year in celebrating the 10th anniversary of USAID’s Neglected Tropical Disease Program. It is a great moment to highlight how public-private partnerships can expand reach and create sustainable impact—a model that can inspire us all as we look ahead to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

USAID’s ENVISION program, led by RTI International, has delivered over 1 billion treatments to over 460 million people. IMA is proud to be an implementing partner in this effort to control and eliminate NTDs. IMA has been a recognized leader in the control and elimination of NTDs. IMA uses a combination of evidence-based strategies to scale-up NTD control in partnership with governments and through funding from the United States government and various other donors. IMA also works to provide morbidity management and disability prevention services to LF patients in Tanzania with funding from the Izumi Foundation and to provide trichiasis trachomatous surgery for patients in Tanzania with funding from DFID/Sightsavers.

IMA, under the ENVISION project, treated 6.5 million people in Haiti, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo for neglected tropical diseases in fiscal year 2016.

In South Sudan, 3,080 people participated in health education and community mobilization activities to combat visceral leishmaniasis, also known as kala-azar, from January to June 2016.

From 2014 to 2016, IMA supported surgical teams to carry out 1,320 hydrocele surgeries—well above the target of 1,000 surgeries—as part of the LF Morbidity Management program in Tanzania.

IMA addresses the backlog of trichiasis trachomatous cases, in which eyelashes have turned inward and scrape the surface of the eye, in the Mtwara region of Tanzania on the SAFE project. In 2016, the project’s second year, more than 1,300 patients had TT surgery.

For the past three years, through a partnership with the CDC, IMA has provided a subgrant to Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action to expand ongoing work in lymphatic filariasis and lymphedema management in India.

IMA and TOMS have provided hundreds of thousands of shoes to Haitian students since 2010. Shoes are a great complement to NTD work because they are a first level of defense when it comes to preventing the transmission of neglected tropical diseases.