Eliminating Neglected Tropical Diseases in Idjwi
This article was originally published by Women Across Frontiers on February 29, 2016 on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Issue 3. Click here to read on wafmag.org
The END Fund in collaboration with Amani Global Works are working together in the Congolese island of Idjwi to implement a public-health program designed to control and eradicate neglected tropical disease (NTD).
Using well-trained staff and a network of community health workers, the first phase of the Idjwi project intends to distribute generously donated drugs over the next three years to those at risk of the three most prevalent NTDs – intestinal worms, schistosomiasis, and lymphatic filariasis. The project promotes school-based water, hygiene and sanitation education, advocates the use of bed nets, and empowers villages to become open- defecation-free zones. This collaborative project between the END Fund and Amani Global Works aims for sustainability, community engagement, and wider adoption of good practices.