Donor reliance and the impact on neglected tropical disease programme delivery: reflections and solutions for change from programme management perspectives.
Health systems within many developing countries are reliant on donor funding and non-governmental development organisations (NGDOs); this has had positive results but also presents challenges to sustainability and national ownership, with national programmes needing to respond to changing donor priorities. Simultaneously, the WHO neglected tropical disease (NTD) roadmap 2021-2030 calls for increased country ownership and domestically financed NTD programmes. Focusing on Liberia and blending primary research from the COUNTDOWN consortium and personal programmatic experience, this commentary reflects on the sustainability and financing of NTD programme delivery within the current context. We explore the successes and challenges of current models of collaboration and opportunities to improve country ownership and sustainability.