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 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 the Philippines, END in Asia complements the efforts of the country’s Department of Health to eliminate soil-transmitted helminthiasis, schistosomiasis and lymphatic filariasis. Specifically, the project provides technical assistance and strategic communication activities that promote wider coverage during mass drug administrations. The project supports the creation of advocacy materials and conducts focused advocacy activities, training for service providers, program management, and monitoring and evaluation services, including mapping of schistosomiasis and lymphatic filariasis endemicity throughout the country. END in Asia also assists with procurement of needed medical supplies.