Commentary: restarting NTD programme activities after the Ebola outbreak in Liberia

Infectious Diseases of Poverty
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Commentary
Commentary: restarting NTD programme activities after the Ebola outbreak in Liberia
Brent C. Thomas, Karsor Kollie, Benjamin Koudou and Charles Mackenzie
Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2017 6:52
Published on: 1 May 2017
Abstract
It is widely known that the recent Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa caused a serious disruption to the national health system, with many of ongoing disease focused programmes, such as mass drug administration (MDA) for onchocerciasis (ONC), lymphatic filariasis (LF) and schistosomiasis (SCH), being suspended or scaled-down. As these MDA programmes attempt to restart post-EVD it is important to understand the challenges that may be encountered. This commentary addresses the opinions of the major health sectors involved, as well as those of community members, regarding logistic needs and challenges faced as these important public health programmes consider restarting. There appears to be a strong desire by the communities to resume NTD programme activities, although it is clear that some important challenges remain, the most prominent being those resulting from the severe loss of trained staff.