Building Blocks for Scalability

Country Context

It is estimated that 70% of Angola’s population is infected with at least one NTD, amounting to approximately 13 million people. Intestinal worms, schistosomiasis, river blindness, and LF are all endemic in Angola. Despite this, NTD control was not a priority of the government prior to beginning work with the END Fund in 2013.

END Fund Investment

In Angola, the END Fund partnered with the MENTOR Initiative to launch a five-year program aimed at assessing and reducing the burden of intestinal worms, schistosomiasis, and LF in at-risk communities. MENTOR is working on the ground with the NTD Team embedded within the Ministry of Health (MoH) that previously did not have the capacity to provide necessary treatment with adequate population and geographic coverage. Recognizing the need for additional funding to build capacity and provide treatment, the END Fund facilitated this partnership, which allowed for detailed prevalence mapping and the creation of a national strategic plan.

Program to Date

This program focuses on three provinces—Huambo, Uige, and Zaire. In these three areas, mapping of both intestinal worms and schistosomiasis has been completed. Mapping for LF will be completed in early 2015 and the program will also begin NTD treatment and water, sanitation, health and education (WASHE) initiatives. The treatment campaign will use both school and community platforms to reach a target of 85% of students with treatment for intestinal worms and schistosomiasis as well as 80% of students at risk of LF. In addition, the program will train teachers and health workers on NTD treatment, control and data collection procedures.