Session Detail

Session Number: 71
Session Title: Women and Out-of-School Children in Determining the Success of NTD Programs
Session Type: Symposium
Session Start/End Time: Friday, Nov 15, 2013, 8:00 AM - 9:45 AM
Location: Lincoln 3/4
Session Description: Women and out-of-school children present special challenges in terms of both high burden and unique risk factors for onchocerciasis, lymphatic filariasis, trachoma, schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminths in NTD-endemic countries. To be successful, however, NTD control programs must reach all the eligible populations with effective coverage in the countries implementing mass drug distribution (MDA) for preventive chemotherapy using both ‘community-directed treatment’ and other MDA strategies. Despite the rapid and continued scale up and the efforts to reach the targeted populations, a significant number of women and out-of-school children who deserve treatment still can be missed by mass drug distribution. A number of programs have developed effective strategies to decrease missed opportunities for women and non-enrolled school-aged children, often by engaging women in organizing these drug distributions; others have attempted to link maternal and child health programs to NTD mass campaigns. This panel provides an opportunity to explore these experiences and to discuss program coverage issues, including the specific needs of women of child-bearing age in NTD control and elimination.
Symposium Organizer
Lisa Rotondo
RTI International, Washington, DC, United States

Emily Wainwright
US Agency for International Development, Washington, DC, United States

11/15/2013 8:00:00 AM
Reaching and recognizing the importance of women in the community-directed treatment approach to NTD programs in Africa
Uche Amazigo
African Program for Onchocerciasis Control, World Health Organization (retired), Abuja, Nigeria

11/15/2013 8:20:00 AM
Strategies to reach out of school children with praziquantel preventive chemotherapy in the schistosomiasis control programmes: experience from Niger
Amadou Garba
National Schistosomiasis Program in Niger (former), Niamey, Niger

11/15/2013 8:40:00 AM
Trachoma infection in women and children: Risk factors in Uganda
Ambrose Onapa
RTI International, Kampala, Uganda

11/15/2013 9:00:00 AM
Linking maternal and child health programs to NTD mass campaigns: experiences and lessons learned from Sierra Leone
Mustapha Sonnie
Helen Keller International, Freetown, Sierra Leone


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