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World Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) Day 2024
January 31, 2024

The U.S. Government, through the United State Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Neglected Tropical Diseases program fights diseases that can be mitigated in early stages by distributing preventive treatment. Since 2010, USAID has provided technical and financial support to the Cameroon NTD program with an annual budget of approximately 2.2 billion CFA ($3.8 million). USAID’s NTD program focuses on controlling and eliminating five diseases: Lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis), Trachoma, Onchocerciasis (river blindness), Schistosomiasis, Soil-transmitted helminths (intestinal worms). To tackle most of these diseases, ivermectin, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved antiparasitic drug  is used.

In 2021, 142,296 people were eligible to receive Ivermectin. In 2022, estimated data show approximately 145,996 people.

In the Obala health district mass administration of Mectizan to prevent Onchocerciasis (river blindness) covers over 1,587 people.  This project is supported through the Act to End NTDs | West program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by FHI360 and Helen Keller International.

USAID’s NTD program focuses on controlling and eliminating Lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis), Trachoma, and Onchocerciasis (river blindness), in the Adamawa, Center, East, North, Northwest, Far North, and Southwest regions.

Obala Health District on Neglected Tropical Diseases

Discover the inspiring story of the Obala Health District in Cameroon. Like many other districts of the Cameroon Ministry of Public Health, this health district is a beacon of hope in the fight against neglected tropical diseases, thanks to the crucial support from the U.S. Government through USAID's Act to End Neglected Tropical Diseases. Witness the incredible impact of their efforts, particularly in combating Onchocerciasis (river blindness) through the free distribution of Mectizan.