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Global Health
March 20, 2018

NTDs Added to African Leaders Malaria Alliance Scorecard

JAMA. 2018;319(11):1085. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.2365

African leaders added neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) to the African Leaders Malaria Alliance’s (ALMA’s) annual scorecard on disease progress during the 30th Anniversary of the African Union Heads of State Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The establishment of the NTD progress index recognizes NTDs as a top health priority for the continent along with malaria and maternal and child health.

The ALMA is a coalition of 49 African heads of state and government that was established in 2009 to eradicate malaria by 2030. The group collaborated with the World Health Organization to develop the NTD index, which will report the progress of 47 countries in Africa in treating and preventing the 5 most common NTDs: lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminths, and trachoma. All 5 NTDs respond well to inexpensive and safe medications donated by pharmaceutical companies and distributed widely.