More than 40 million people in Uganda are at risk for one or more neglected tropical disease (NTD). The country is endemic for all five NTDs targeted by USAID’s Act to End NTDs | East program: lymphatic filariasis (LF), onchocerciasis, trachoma, schistosomiasis, and soil-transmitted helminth infections.
Since 2007, USAID has supported Uganda’s Ministry of Health (MOH) to reach the country’s NTD control and elimination goals, with a focus on scaling up mass treatment for all five diseases and helping to strengthen Uganda’s integrated platform for NTD interventions. As a result, Uganda is within reach of elimination goals for LF, trachoma, and onchocerciasis and has made substantial gains toward the control of schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminth infections.
Act | East is implemented in Uganda by RTI International and The Carter Center. The program continues USAID’s focus on the elimination of LF, trachoma, and onchocerciasis from the country, including through support for mass drug administration campaigns, impact surveys, and dossier development. Act| East also support the MOH to assess the prevalence of LF and trachoma in refugee camps, and to more effectively reach hard-to-reach populations, such as nomadic groups. As part of Act| Easts’ commitment toward sustainability, there is also significant support for HSS and gender and social inclusion in Uganda.