NTD Unit

Neglected Tropical Diseases(NTD) Unit

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) program in Vanuatu oversees 6 endemic Communicable Diseases namely:

  1. Yaws
  2. Trachoma
  3. Scabies
  4. Soil Transmitted Helminths
  5. Leprosy
  6. Dengue

Summary of Services

Neglected Tropical Diseases  (NTD) are  diverse group of communicable diseases defined by their burden on their poorest populations.t The NTD Landscape in the country is changing fast, with Lymphatic  filariasis (LF) being progressively eliminated in  september2016 and effort under way to accelerate elimination of Trachoma, Yaws ; their transmission is still continuing. Key roles are as follows:

  • YAWS: we help disseminate the information, IEC materials and change DPP To DPHA Test to all Health Facilities at the provincial level.
  • Trachoma: Develop the program and support implementation of Trachoma program, which includes fund from Donors , program quality control and disseminating the information’s down to the provincial level
  • Deworming: ongoing program, we help with the implementation of the activities, disseminating the IEC materials and information down to the provincial level.
  • Scabies: no national strategy yet.
  • LF : being progressively eliminated in September 2015

Objectives

  • To increase reporting rate by Health Facilities to 50 % with report of numbers of confirm Yaws detected and numbers of Yaws treatment given.
  • To provide feedback on the NTDs surveillance to the Health Facilities to 70 %.
  • To have 2 new sites implementing Health Education to ensure continuous reduction of NTD cases and sustain the existing sites.
  • To increase worm treatment to 70 % for all target group (>2 years old children, school age children and WCBA).
  • Selected community surveyed to monitor the impact of the MDA on Trachoma and other NTD diseases (Trachoma, Yaws, STI, Scabies, etc...) found by the completion of the survey.

Means of Service Delivery

  • Conduct worm treatment every six months throughout the country to ensure drastic drops of worm burden among the target group
  • Conduct consistent monitoring on NTD burden among general public to ensure elimination target is achieve
  • Conduct on going health awareness on NTD prevention to ensure impact on behaviour change among the target communities
  • Conduct case investigation and focal treatment among the confirm cases and reported cases by health workers
  • Provide access to improve sanitation and access to clean water within target communities

Working Hours

Office Open Hours: Mon-Fri 8AM-5PM

Hospital/Emergency: 24/7

Contacts

Ministry of Health Office
Port-Vila

Phone: +(678) 22512 / +(678) 33080
VOIP: 2050

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