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Integrating an NTD with one of “the big three”: Combined malaria and trachoma survey in Amhara Region of Ethiopia.

Abstract

The “big three” killer diseases are malaria, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis; control programs for these diseases are usually well developed and financed. The neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a group of ancient afflictions that are frequently sidelined by planners and are under-resourced. Opportunities of integrating the big three with NTDs have been talked about but not widely acted upon. There is potential synergy for an integrated trachoma and malaria control program since control of both diseases is community-based. The first step in accessing these synergies has been an integrated malaria prevalence and indicator and trachoma prevalence and risk factor survey. This has been achieved at the incremental cost of one additional staff member per field team. The results give unprecedented precision for the calculation of intervention targets for the integrated program and demonstrate that it is possible to integrate NTDs with the “big three.”

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Type
Journal Article
Author
Emerson PM
Ngondi J
Biru E
Graves PM
Ejigsemahu Y
Gebre T
Endeshaw T
Genet A
Mosher AW
Zerihun M
Messele A
Richards FO
Year of Publication
2008
Journal
PLoS neglected tropical diseases
Volume
2
Issue
3
Number of Pages
e197
Language
eng
DOI
10.1371/journal.pntd.0000197
Alternate Journal
PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Publication Language
eng