Namibia was one of the early countries selected by the END Fund as a priority for intervention. The Ministry of Health (MoH) gave little attention to NTDs and while deworming was included in the Government’s nutrition strategy, the MoH had not developed an integrated national NTD plan. Due to the END Fund’s advocacy with government partners for an evidence-based approach to treatment, the country launched the first-ever integrated national mapping survey for intestinal worms and schistosomiasis in 2012.
END Fund Investment
The END Fund is helping to implement the program in Namibia, initially working directly with the Ministry of Health (MoH) and later through partnerships with the Liverpool Associates in Tropical Health (LATH) and Synergos Institute to support the MoH in the completion of mapping for intestinal worms and schistosomiasis as well as the development of an integrated treatment program.
Program to Date
The END Fund is making progress in Namibia through the development of a program that utilizes an integrated approach to NTDs by addressing the integration of schistosomiasis control with intestinal worms, and water, sanitation, and hygiene education (WASHE) activities. Following the completion of mapping, a new treatment program is set to begin that will cover the seven most populated and vulnerable northern regions of the country. It is estimated that over 390,000 pre-school and school-age children will be reached through this program.