All of Nepal’s population is at risk for at least one neglected tropical disease (NTD). The country is endemic for two NTDs targeted by USAID’s Act to End Neglected Tropical Diseases | East program: lymphatic filariasis (LF) and soil-transmitted helminth infections.
Since 2012, USAID has supported Nepal’s Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) to reach its NTD control and elimination goals, with a focus on scaling up mass treatment for trachoma and LF. The country’s progress has been remarkable: In 2018, Nepal achieved the elimination of trachoma as a public health problem, and the country is on track to eliminate LF by 2026.
Act | East is implemented in Nepal by RTI International. The program continues USAID’s focus on the elimination of LF from the country, including support for government- led mass drug administration campaigns, impact surveys, and dossier development.