On April 1, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended that community-based surveys, active case-finding activities, and mass treatment campaigns for neglected tropical diseases (NTD) be postponed until further notice due to the risk of transmitting COVID-19. This was followed on July 27, 2020 with updated WHO interim guidance which stipulated that programs should conduct risk assessments and establish mitigation plans prior to recommencement of mass outreach activities. Since then, programs have been resuming NTD activities.
The purpose of this document is to support NTD programs as they implement NTD activities within the COVID-19 context. It aims to collate lessons from across different NTD programs, world regions, contexts, and activity types. It is an evolving reference document that can be updated as more information is generated by the NTD community. Information included in this document should be taken in the spirit of experiences shared, not recommendations. Links to other resources are also included.
This first version was prepared by the COVID-19 learning sub-working group of the NNN, based on member’s experiences and observations as they supported ministries of health (MOHs) across multiple countries and regions to prepare and resume activities, including conducting risk assessment and risk mitigation strategies. It will be updated with additional lessons gleaned during a global level meeting to be held on June 10th. Updated May 2021.