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Scientific Publication

The role of national committees in eliminating onchocerciasis

Article covering the role national onchocerciasis elimination committees (NOECs) play in helping ministries of health complete the pathway to successful verification of elimination of onchocerciasis (river blindness), as outlined in the 2016 World Health Organization guidelines. 

Scientific Publication

The role of the NGDO Coordination Group for the Elimination of Onchocerciasis

This article covers the role of the NGDO Coordination Group for the Control of Onchocerciasis. The Group was launched in 1992, and with the paradigm shift from control of disease to elimination of onchocerciasis transmission, the Group shifted its orientation to that new paradigm in 2013.

Scientific Publication

Transitioning from river blindness control to elimination: steps toward stopping treatment

This paper discusses some of the important issues that programmes are grappling with as they transition to elimination and provides some potential approaches that programmes can use to address them. 

Scientific Publication

Economic evaluations of lymphatic filariasis interventions: a systematic review and research needs

Published in Parasites and Vectors: Economic evaluations of lymphatic filariasis interventions: a systematic review and research needs


In 2000, the World Health Organization established the Global Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (GPELF), with the goal of eliminating the disease as a public health problem by 2020.


“Major obstacle for development”: Ending NTDs is crucial to achieve 2030 Agenda


In this article, the author explains “…the dire consequences of many untreated NTDs are chronic disease and disability. Thus, they contribute significantly to the global burden of chronic conditions and their consequences such as stigma, exclusion and poverty.”


Neglected tropical diseases slowing down Kenya growth

07 February 2018

Article, Business Daily, February 7, 2018.


A 2016 study shows the country can save over Sh193bn by 2030 through elimination of trachoma, bilharzia, elephantiasis, and intestinal worms.


River Blindness Transmission Interrupted in cross border Metema Focus, Amhara Regional State, Ethiopia

31 January 2018

Five years after the policy change from river blindness control to elimination, the Ministry of Health would like to announce the interruption of transmission in the Metema river blindness focus in Amhara Regional State. 

RiverBlindness Ethiopia MOH PressRelease (60.40 KB)


Introducing the NTD index on the ALMA Scorecard for Accountability and Action at the African Union

At the African Union summit in January 2018, Uniting to Combat NTDs presented African leaders with a new NTD index and bespoke country profiles for African countries to show progress against the five NTDs amenable to preventive chemotherapy.


Professor Stephen Hawking delivers keynote speech on NTDs

In his speech, Professor Hawking highlighted the work and legacy of his father, Dr Frank Hawking who, in the 1950s, was one of the first people to conduct research into and develop treatment for an NTD known as lymphatic filariasis (LF).

Resources and Tools

Transmission Assessment Survey Sample Builder

The Survey Sample Builder is a tool designed to help program managers with their Transmission Assessment Surveys. The SSB program can be used to automate the calculations for determining appropriate survey strategy.


Carter Center Slideshow | Neighbors Help Neighbors Combat River Blindness

08 January 2018

A slideshow highlighting a few of the thousands of volunteers trained as community-directed distributors for the River Blindness Elimination Program in Nigeria.


Story Map | Hope for a Healthy Nigeria

30 December 2017

Photo presentation on the work to eliminate river blindness in Nigeria. The Carter Center, 2017.

WHO Report

Towards universal coverage for preventive chemotherapy for Neglected Tropical Diseases: Guidance for assessing “who is being left behind and why”

WHO and partners are advancing the mainstreaming project Integrating a gender, equity and human rights focus into national programming on preventive chemotherapy and transmission (PCT) control for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) during 2016-2019.

WHO-FWC-17.3-eng (1.02 MB)

WHO Guide

PC Joint Application Package – version 3. What’s new?

The WHO Joint Application Package is submitted to WHO by countries applying for donated medicines for Mass Drug Administration to control and/or eliminate lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, and soil transmitted helmthiasis.

WHO Guide

Guideline: Alternative mass drug administration regimens to eliminate lymphatic filariasis

WHO Guideline ‒ Alternative mass drug administration regimens to eliminate lymphatic filariasis. 2017.

Guideline Alternative MDA Regimens LF (1.53 MB)

WHO Report

Crossing the Billion: Preventive chemotherapy for neglected tropical diseases

Preventive chemotherapy – one of the interventions deployed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to combat at least five Neglected Tropical Diseases – involves administering six medicines in seven different combinations, making it possible to treat more than one disease at a time.

Crossing the Billion (11.52 MB)

WHO Report

Water, sanitation and hygiene to combat neglected tropical diseases: Initial lessons from project implementation

This paper compiles examples from eighteen countries to summarize emerging successes and challenges in the coordination of WASH and NTD programmes.

WHO-FWC-WSH-17.02-eng (699.02 KB)