With a view to eliminating neglected tropical diseases by 2020, the Government of Mali, through USAID, has launched an extensive drug distribution campaign for the population of Mali. It was Thursday, May 04 at the ASACOYI in the 1008 units, under the presidency of the Secretary General of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Bakary Diarra, the representative of USAID Director Robert Schmidt, Other partners.
According to USAID Director Robert Schmidt, the US government, through USAID, is the main partner of the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene of Mali in the fight against neglected tropical diseases. This partnership translates into support for MTN programs to contribute to the control and elimination of these diseases by 2020.
According to the director, due to the mass distribution of medicines against NTDs, including trachoma, blindness, intestinal worms and the conduct of prevalence these diseases there are encouraging results in the control and elimination of these diseases in Mali.
Due to these efforts, forty-nine health districts out of sixty-five will not need to be treated against lymphatic filariasis in Mali. This corresponds to ninety percent of the total population in 2017, or sixteen million, three hundred thousand people. Mali has also set up a certification committee for the elimination of onchocerciasis.
This is a major step towards the elimination of this disease in Mali. There has also been significant progress in the control of bilharziasis. The results of the latest surveys show zero prevalences in at least thirty-five health districts out of thirty-eight surveys.
USAID contributes more than nine hundred million CFA francs, including nearly five hundred million dollars devoted to mass treatment in 2017.
For the representative of the Director of USAID, with this support and that of the other partners, more than ten million Malians will receive the medicines against the NTDs.
For Dr. Bakary Diarra, the secretary-general of the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene, Mali is among the first countries to benefit from USAID’s Fast Track strategy. This integrated strategy or treatment of neglected tropical diseases has been ongoing since 2007. In 2009, Mali already had a complete mapping of all NTDs for preventive chemotherapy and recorded significant advances that led to the discontinuation of treatment.
Trachoma in fifty one health districts and two health districts for lymphatic filariasis and onchocerciasis. Forty-seven districts met the criteria for discontinuing mass treatment for lymphatic filariasis and the Regional Program Review Group gave its approval.
To date, Mali has its third strategic plan to combat NTDs, which will be implemented from 2017 to 2021. For this campaign that covers 2017, the secretary general of the department has launched an appeal to the entire population so that it can put itself at the disposal of the agents mobilized for the cause.