Neglected Tropical Diseases

Overview

The Haiti Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) Control Program is a joint effort between USAID, the Government of Haiti (GOH) Ministry of Health and Population (MSPP), and the GOH Ministry of Education to eliminate and control 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).  

With USAID support, assistance is provided by IMA World Health and RTI International.  USAID support includes funding for annual community- and school-based distribution of two drugs—diethylcarbamazine citrate and albendazole—to over 4.8 million people in eight departments.  

Working in collaboration with the University of Notre Dame, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other private donors, USAID is supporting Haiti in its efforts to reach national coverage of drug distribution toward elimination and control of neglected tropical diseases by 2020.

Objectives

The NTD Control Program aims to control and eliminate lymphatic filariasis and soil-transmitted helminths in Haiti, build capacity of the Government of Haiti and its partners for NTD control and elimination, and improve monitoring and evaluation of NTD program activities.

Activities

Through IMA World Health, USAID is: 

  • Implementing mass drug administration to Haiti's eligible population in eight departments and 106 communes;
  • Distributing primary health commodities, including hygiene kits, water filters, and other items as needed;
  • Distributing shoes to school children to help prevent hookworm infection in partnership with TOMS’ shoes;
  • Educating the population about lymphatic filariasis and soil-transmitted helminths through public awareness and social mobilization campaigns; and
  • Conducting workshops and training sessions on health and hygiene for community volunteers.

Through RTI International, USAID is: 

  • Providing capacity building and technical guidance to MSPP’s partners at the central, departmental, and communal levels; and
  • Supporting monitoring and evaluation of elimination and control activities by conducting coverage and transmission assessment surveys as well as establishing sentinel sites to measure program impact. 

Results

In partnership with the Government of Haiti and working in collaboration with the University of Notre Dame, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID has:  

  • Scaled up coverage from 26 communes in 2008 to 106 communes in 2012;
  • Treated more than 4.8 million people annually for lymphatic filariasis and soil-transmitted helminthes;
  • Achieved average program coverage rates above 90 percent;
  • Overcome major challenges, such as Haiti’s earthquake, the cholera outbreak, and political instability to reach national coverage; and
  • Used the Neglected Tropical Diseases control platform to address other primary health care needs.

 

Last updated: October 25, 2013

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