Neglected tropical diseases (NTD) are endemic across the continent and primarily affect the poorest communities without access to sanitation and clean water and with limited or no access to quality and affordable health services. A key risk to NTD elimination goals is the re-emergence of NTDs that have previously been eliminated. It is crucial for MS to have strong post-elimination surveillance programs integrated into existing structures. This should be coupled with strong political commitment and a well-trained workforce to identify and diagnose any suspected cases of re-emerging NTDs. Furthermore, strong cross-border surveillance and respectful action-oriented partnerships with relevant stakeholders are critical for sustained elimination of NTDs.
This side event will bring together MS that have eliminated at least one NTD and partners to share their experiences with NTD elimination and explore the sustainability through effective post-elimination surveillance including cross border engagements, and the integration opportunities using the tenets of the New Public Health Order.
Organized by Africa CDC