Health Systems Strengthening
NTD programs lay the foundation for and benefit from strong, resilient health systems by reaching people with quality health services, particularly in poor and remote communities. USAID’s Act to End NTDs | East program supports countries to create sustainable NTD programming within robust and resilient health systems.
From technical assistance on policy planning and governance, and human resources, to support for domestic resource mobilization, we work with governments to integrate NTD priorities into routine planning, financing, service delivery, and monitoring. Our focus on cost-effective interventions, along with the use of direct grants (fixed amount awards) to promote efficiencies and foster country ownership, helps ensure national governments can sustain NTD progress into the future.
To mainstream efforts into broader health and development initiatives, we also support NTD programs to engage and leverage other health services and other sectors. For example, Act | East works with ministries of health and education to establish schools as a sustainable, long-term platform to distribute deworming medicines among children.