FHI 360’s End Neglected Tropical Diseases in Asia (END in Asia) project assists national neglected tropical disease programs in selected countries to fill crucial gaps and strengthen efforts to control and eliminate several highly prevalent diseases.
Neglected tropical diseases affect the health of more than 1 billion people worldwide and put more than 2 billion people at risk, especially those living in poverty in remote rural areas or urban slums. Children are disproportionately affected and can live with the consequences their whole lives. Effects can include severe physical pain, irreversible disability, gross disfigurement, mental impairment and, in some cases, death. The END in Asia project currently assists ministries of health in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and Vietnam, with possible expansion in the near future.
In Laos, END in Asia complements the efforts of the country’s Ministry of Health in eliminating soil-transmitted helminthiasis, schistosomiasis and lymphatic filariasis. Specifically, FHI 360 provides support for stronger advocacy and coordination, better promotion of healthy behaviors, expanded training for service providers, extended coverage of mass treatments and increased monitoring, assessment and evaluation.