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Advancing Sustainability in NTD Programs Through Strengthening Ownership and Collaboration

April 2022 — As part of a three-brief series developed by the Act to End Neglected Tropical Diseases | West (Act | West) program, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, this technical brief discusses the importance of strengthening country ownership of interventions for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), including through service delivery, policy planning and financing. To promote country ownership, NTD programs are leading efforts to increase domestic resource mobilization, garner commitment from cross-sector stakeholders and leverage existing platforms within and outside the health sector. This paradigm shift drives forward tailored interventions aligned with local context, national priorities and NTD programs goals for long-term sustainability.

The brief draws on Act | West’s experiences and lessons learned from providing support to nine West African countries to implement the USAID NTD sustainability framework. It also seeks to generate dialogue among development actors on how future projects and investment can best support NTD program sustainability.