Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) are a category of preventable, infectious diseases including hookworm, trachoma and leprosy among others, which persist only in the most impoverished communities of the world. The Center for Global Health and Economic Development partners with local governments and organizations to control neglected tropical diseases in developing countries.
Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases in Millennium Villages Project – Rwanda
Currently in Rwanda there is no national disease control plan to combat the most common NTDs, and basic knowledge of how NTDs are transmitted and controlled is lacking. Soil-transmitted helminth infections (STH) are highly prevalent in the Millennium Villages. In Mayange, Rwanda, one or more STHs infections were found in 68% of women of reproductive age.
The Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases in Rwanda program works with the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education, the World Health Organization and the Access Project
Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases in the Millennium Villages – Ethiopia
The Center for National Health Development in Ethiopia (CNHDE)
Building political support for the integration of Malaria and NTD control
The Earth Institute’s NTD faculty were founding members of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, the first-ever global effort to combat NTDs in an integrated framework. In early 2009, in an effort to promote an integrated approach to malaria and NTD control, CNHDE brought together the national program managers of malaria and NTDs of several African countries, along with researchers, to discuss progress and technical support needs in scaling up malaria and NTD control and the obstacles and opportunities for integrated interventions. Program managers from Senegal, Mali, Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Uganda and Tanzania were present, and the lively discussions during the three day workshop explored many ways in which this can be accomplished, increasing the capacity not only of malaria and NTD control programs, but also of other health programs that can benefit from an integrated, community-based approach.