In 2010, Zimbabwe’s NTD plan was revived after being postponed due to significant political and economic turmoil. The Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) then conducted a national NTD survey, which found that both schistosomiasis and intestinal worms were endemic throughout most of the country. Annual mass drug administration (MDA) activities, targeting school-age children, have been ongoing since 2012.
END Fund Investment
Understanding the importance of integration across programs and partners, the END Fund is working on NTD control planning in Zimbabwe in direct collaboration with the country’s MoHCC. Integrated programming reduces duplication of efforts and ensures improved outcomes and maximum impact. In this regard, the END Fund is happy to have the country’s National NTD Task Force spearheading the control of schistosomiasis and intestinal worm programming.
Program to Date
To ensure Zimbabwe’s NTD control efforts receive the support needed to expand treatment, the END Fund is now working with the MoHCC to deliver treatment to school-age children in highly endemic districts through both school- and community-based distribution models. The program is also ensuring that the necessary planning meetings take place at the national and district levels, training health workers and community volunteers, fostering social mobilization activities, and producing educational material.