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Mobilizing Domestic Resources for Neglected Tropical Diseases: Lessons from Colombia


To date, health services for NTDs have been left out of many national and subnational policy, planning, governance, and finance processes. In order to ensure the long-term sustainability of NTD programming, governments must design effective strategies to integrate NTDs into the policy, planning, governance, and financing of priority health services. Additionally, these strategies must be flexible, allowing governments to adapt as programmatic needs shift, ensuring these important health gains are sustained.  

This series of Act to End NTDs | East (Act | East) policy briefs examines the key factors that have contributed to enhancing domestic financing for NTDs in Colombia, Guatemala, and the Philippines, three countries that have successfully financed NTD efforts with domestic sources. The briefs demonstrate that NTD programming can be domestically resourced when appropriately prioritized, through political commitment, effective advocacy, governance and multi-sectoral coordination, and integration within broader health system budgeting and planning processes. 

This brief reviews Colombia’s NTD programmatic context, and specifically financing and enabling factors for domestic resource mobilization of four NTDs: Chagas disease, onchocerciasis, trachoma, and soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH). The lessons learned illustrate when and how the government has increased their domestic financial commitments for NTD programming, as well as identified and executed actions to address financing challenges.

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