Accelerating the Sustainable Control and Elimination of Neglected Tropical diseases West and Central Africa.


The Ascend West and Central Africa programme aims to make major progress towards eliminating five painful and poverty-trapping neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), in 13 of the world’s poorest countries.

The programme is funded by UK aid and is managed by four leading development organisations: Sightsavers, The Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Mott MacDonald. We will work alongside ministries of health, communities, and partners, including The World Health Organization (WHO), in endemic countries to deliver one of the most significant NTD programmes in history. In three years, together we will deliver over 400 million treatments to support several countries to reach the elimination threshold for diseases and promote long-term sustainable change.

This interactive story map details the first year of implementation of the Ascend West and Central Africa programme, including the programme aims, first year achievements, challenges and lessons learnt, and how it adapted to the COVID-19 response.

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