USAID and Partners Celebrate Historic Progress in the Global Fight Against Neglected Tropical Diseases

  • May 19, 2014

IMA World Health does its part to bring more than 4.8 million treatments to Haiti each year.

Neglected tropical diseases are a diverse group of diseases that affect more than 1 billion people – one-sixth of the worlds population – including an estimated 800 million children. NTDs affect almost exclusively poor people living in rural areas and urban slums of low-income countries. These diseases can kill and frequently impair, blind, or disfigure and have devastating economic consequences for communities due to the loss of productivity and income. Women and children are especially at risk of NTDs. Women are more commonly affected by trachoma, which causes pain and blindness during the most productive years of life. NTDs also keep children from living healthy, productive lives, causing malnutrition, reduced school enrollment and compromised intellectual development.

This year, USAID will have supported countries to deliver one billion NTD treatments in the global effort to reduce the burden of NTDs – a remarkable achievement reached in only eight years.

Having provided USAID support for NTD control to the Haiti Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) Control Program since 2008, IMA was thrilled to facilitate the USAID delegation to Haiti and highlight the success of Haiti’s NTD program led by the Government of Haiti (GOH) Ministry of Health and Population (MSPP) and the GOH Ministry of Education with the aim of eliminating and controlling lymphatic filariasis and soil-transmitted helminths in Haiti.

USAID support for NTD control began in 2008 under the NTD Control Program (2006-2012) and continues under the ENVISION project (2011-2016). Both projects are led by RTI International.

After five successful rounds of treatment, a population is ready for a transmission assessment survey, which determines whether that area meets the criteria for stopping treatment – a key point on the road to eliminating LF. So far, 20 districts in Haiti have completed five successful rounds and are readying for assessment.

By the numbers:

1 Billion – Number of NTD treatments administered by NTD partners through USAID’s NTD program globally to date

4.8 Million – Number of people treated in Haiti annually

90 – Percentage of the population of Haiti participating in MDA on average

18,000 – Number of trained community volunteers who promote local participation and administer drugs

2020 – Target year for eliminating LF from Haiti

“The success of Haiti has been supported by IMA World Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and RTI International. Let me also say that reaching out to poor and marginalized communities is not an easy task. We need such partners. We need the community itself and we need the ministries of health and education to work in tandem to ensure we can deliver the treatments to the people who need it,” says Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez, Assistant Administrator for Global Health at USAID.

IMA is proud to be a part of the effort that will one day eliminate these devastating diseases.

Photos from the Event

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