Neglected Tropical Diseases
Critical to HKI’s efforts to prevent blindness and malnutrition is our work in the control, prevention and morbidity management of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Our integrated NTD control program uses mass drug administration (MDA) to address onchocerciasis and trachoma (conditions that lead to blindness), schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminths (conditions that lead to malnutrition), and lymphatic filariasis (a condition that leads to morbidity and disability).
Morbidity Management and Disability Prevention. HKI’s Morbidity Management and Disability Prevention (MMDP) project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development, helps countries provide high-quality treatment and care for people suffering from the debilitating effects of trachoma and lymphatic filariasis, complementing other major initiatives supporting disease elimination through mass drug administration. With activities in Ethiopia, Cameroon and Burkina Faso and in the global community, the HKI managed MMDP Project is a key player in the global push to eliminate trachoma and lymphatic filariasis as public health problems by 2020. Read about the MMDP project’s results, which have been used by the World Health Organization, among other groups working in morbidity management and disability prevention related to trachoma and lymphatic filariasis.
NTDs and Nutrition. There are strong and direct relationships between undernutrition and diseases caused by infectious organisms, including NTDs. Learn how nutrition is an important component of integrated programs to control NTDs:
- The role of nutrition in integrated programs to control neglected tropical diseases. BMC – Medicine (2012)
NTDs, MDA and Success Stories. HKI is committed to working with national governments, the World Health Organization, technical partners, and donor governments to eliminate NTDs in countries affected by these maladies. Read about HKI’s recent successes in working closely with national partners in Burkina Faso and Cameroon to support national MDA programs:
- Schistosomiasis in school age children in Burkina Faso after a decade of preventive chemotherapy. Bulletin of the World Health Organization (2016)
- Successful Control of Soil-Transmitted Helminthiasis in School Age Children in Burkina Faso and an Example of Community-Based Assessment via Lymphatic Filariasis Transmission Assessment Survey. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases (2016)
- First evidence of lymphatic filariasis transmission interruption in Cameroon: Progress towards elimination. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases (2017)
NTD News for Africa is HKI's monthly electronic newsletter which aims to disseminate state-of-the-art research and policy papers to scientists, program planners, policy makers, and opinion leaders working in the field of NTD control in Africa. NTD News for Africa is published in English and, with the generous support of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine Neglected Tropical Diseases, in French. To subscribe to this newsletter, please click on Subscribe Here for English or Subscribe Here for French.