Crown Agents and partners have commenced work on new projects to tackle and drive elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) across the globe.
Having previously partnered together to deliver the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s flagship NTD programme across 11 countries in East and Southern Africa and South East Asia, Crown Agents and health consultancy firms, Oriole Global Health and Abt Associates, are again working together to progress elimination efforts.
Funded by the END Fund, the consortium will be managing activities to accelerate the control and elimination of the deadly NTD, visceral leishmaniasis (VL), in Uganda and Sudan. The World Health Organization estimates 50,000 to 90,000 new cases of this disease occur globally every year, and if left untreated it is fatal in over 95% of cases. Even for those affected by cutaneous and mucocutaneous forms of the disease that don’t cause death, disability and permanent injury is common.
In Bangladesh and Nepal, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have also put funding behind tackling this disease, and the activities are underway for surveillance and diagnosis, training, community awareness, active case management and the procurement of diagnostic kits.
In Kenya, Mozambique, Uganda, Tanzania and Zanzibar, and Zambia our focus is on supporting governments to combat schistosomiasis, soil transmitted helminths and lymphatic filariasis. Those affected by these debilitating vector-borne diseases are infected through water contact, mosquitos bites and poor sanitation and hygiene.
Through $13.8 million of emergency funding provided by The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), the team is delivering technical support to Ministries of Health for precision mapping and impact surveys, as well as mass drug administration (MDA) campaigns.