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Facilitating Multisectoral Coordination and Engagement for Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) Sustainability

April 2022 — As part of a series of three briefs developed by the Act to End Neglected Tropical Diseases | West program, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), this technical brief discusses how national programs are working to secure multisectoral coordination and engagement in the fight against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) by contributing to the sustainability of NTD programming. This strategy requires support and action from government and private entities representing sectors such as education, WASH and finance. Multisectoral coordination and engagement shift NTD interventions from partner-driven to country-driven and strengthen holistic commitments and mainstreaming of NTD functions across government strategies and universal health care efforts.

This 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 investments can best support NTD program sustainability.