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Good morning, my name is Margaret Gyapong.
I'm professor of applied health social science and director of
research at the University of Health and Allied Sciences in the Volta of Ghana.
My topic for discussion today is embedding neglected
tropical disease programs in national health systems: the Ghanaian experience.
For this presentation, I will briefly explain what neglected tropical diseases are.
Take you through how health systems in Africa and
specifically Ghana are structured and then use the Ghana
neglected tropical disease program as a case study to explain how services are delivered,
the workforce that is needed to deliver the NTD program,
the kind of information systems that are used,
how drugs and supplies are procured and distributed,
how the program is financed,
and how the progress of the program is monitored and evaluated,
and I'll share finally a few thoughts on how the program can be sustained.
Neglected tropical diseases are a group of
infectious diseases which affects over a billion people worldwide,
most of whom live in extreme poverty.
The disease is severely debilitating and
disabling and it affects mainly people in endemic countries.
At the end of the day,
it promotes poverty and intense stigma.
You can see the list of neglected tropical diseases,
but I want to highlight the last five which are lymphatic filariasis,
onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, soil transmitted helminthiases and trachoma.
These fives are known as the preventive chemotherapy neglected tropical diseases.
For the rest of my talk,
I'll be focusing on how these are prevented and treated.
The others have other means of treatment and prevention,
but they're all in different angles and so I'll focus on just these five.