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Hi. My name is Alison Krentel.
I am a scientist at the Breyer Research Institute in the School of
Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa in Canada.
Today, I'll be talking about the "Importance of Communities in
Neglected Tropical Disease Programmes" or NTD programmes.
The overview of the talk that I'm going to give today is going to talk about
predominantly mass drug administration as a means to eliminate and control NTDs.
I'll be talking about communities within the context of
these programmes and the role that they play particularly in the planning,
promotion, supervision, and support as well
as their assistance with morbidity and disability prevention.
We're going to focus on mass drug administration.
However, it's worth noting that communities also
are very important within the context of prevention of NTDs.
That could be with regards to bed nets, water, and sanitation,
and hygiene practices, or the elimination of vector breeding grounds.
In each of these cases,
communities would be highly implicated in the success of those interventions,
but in the interest of time today,
I'll focus predominantly on mass drug administration
and morbidity and disability prevention for NTD programmes.
We'll start out with what is mass drug administration.
It's possible that in other lectures within
these series you've already covered this topic.
However, it's worth just looking at it briefly before we continue
on to see how communities will be implicated in mass drug administration.