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Progress in the Fight against Neglected Tropical Diseases, Uganda

Author: 
RTI International
Publication Date: 
June 2016
Type of Resource: 
Publications & Reports

Uganda NTD Program Partners Planning Meeting, Country Lake Resort in Entebbe, Uganda, June 15-17, 2016

For millions of Ugandans the threat of contracting a neglected tropical disease (NTD) has decreased thanks to effective control strategies coordinated by the Ministry of Health’s Vector Control Division and supported by USAID.  

During a three day Partners Planning meeting held June 15-17,th 2016 at the Country Lake Resort in Entebbe, national program managers shared with partners and donors how the integrated strategy of delivering preventative medicines to at-risk communities is reducing prevalence of five Neglected Tropical Diseases, including Onchocerciasis (River Blindness), Lymphatic Filariasis (Elephantiasis), Schistosomiasis (Bilharzia), Trachoma, and soil-transmitted helminthiasis.  Three of these diseases - Onchocerciasis, Lymphatic Filariasis, and Trachoma – are on track for elimination as a public health problem, meaning that key disease control interventions could stop once disease prevalence falls below a certain level.