Nigeria is known as one of the top three highest NTD burden countries in sub-Saharan Africa. It is endemic for all five NTDs targeted by the END Fund and is believed to have the largest total population at risk for these diseases, making it a high priority country for the END Fund and the entire NTD community. Local NTD control efforts have been operational for many years, using a decentralized approach to deliver treatment through both community and school-based models. The END Fund supported NTD control efforts in seven states in northern Nigeria.
END Fund Investment
The END Fund partnered with SightSavers, which provided support and assistance to the Ministry of Health (MoH) in Nigeria for the implementation of their national NTD program. The program provided treatment for schistosomiasis, intestinal worms, LF, river blindness and trachoma.
Program to Date
In 2013 the program provided treatment to over 12 million individuals for at least one NTD. In connection with this treatment campaign the program trained over 33,000 individuals including community drug distributors, health workers, and teachers. Some of these treatment campaigns took place in northern states that were at the center of the 2013 violent attacks by Boko Haram. Despite the insecurity issues, the program still reached nearly 90% of the targeted population in that state by training additional community drug distributors to reach more people in a shorter time period to reduce exposure to violence.