Eliminating neglected tropical diseases in Idjwi

Feb 29, 2016 | Democratic Republic of the Congo, Issue 3 - March 2016, Issue 3 Spotlights, Spotlights

 

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 wormsschistosomiasis, 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.

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All photos by Saskia Keeley on behalf of the END Fund.

 


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