• Journal Article

The Effects of Integration on Financing and Coverage of Neglected Tropical Disease Programs

Citation

Hooper, P. J., Zoerhoff, K., Kyelem, D., Chu, B., Flueckiger, R. M., Bamani, S., ... Baker, M. (2013). The Effects of Integration on Financing and Coverage of Neglected Tropical Disease Programs. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 89(3), 407-410. DOI: 10.4269/ajtmh.13-0018, 10.4269/ajtmh.13-0018

Abstract

When the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) began to support national programs integrating their neglected tropical disease (NTD) program activities, the expected impact on individual disease-specific programs was unclear, particularly with respect to program financing and coverage. To assess this impact, data were collected by NTD program managers and their non-governmental organization (NGO) partners in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Uganda from 2 years prior and 2 years after their individual programs received funding for an integrated NTD program. Findings show that these countries experienced some increases in overall funding available for integrated NTD programs, an expansion of geographical coverage and of the number of persons treated, and the addition of treatments targeted at new diseases. What is not clear is whether these achievements can be sustained if there are decreases in external support in the future. Seeking increased government commitment or sustained external donor support should be a top priority