Helen Keller International and TOMS: Motivating Community Drug Distributors in Sierra Leone

At a Glance: 

HKI has teamed up with TOMS to prevent the spread of Neglected Tropical Diseases by providing shoes to over 300,000 children in Sierra Leone. 

This story was originally posted on End in Africa's website on August 20, 2015. 

“My old shoes are worn out and I was thinking if my parents can afford to buy me another pair of shoes before the opening of school.” – Fatmata, age 8

Efforts to fight Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are truly massive undertakings, since their success hinges upon the ability of national NTD programs to literally reach millions of people and provide each and every person with preventive medications.

Sierra Leone is one of many countries that has risen to this challenge. With a population exceeding 6 million people, the country’s NTD program relies on approximately 30,000 Community Drug Distributors (CDDs) to distribute NTD medications throughout its 12 rural districts.

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