Among the resources developed are a surgical simulator for hydrocele surgery called FASTT along with a manufacturing manual, a guide for training trichiasis surgeons, a resource package for photo taking during trichiasis surgery, and a training package for filaricele surgery. For a description of these and other resources, please go to https://www.hki.org/mmdp-project-resources.
As the project completes its five-year mandate, it is only fitting that it recognizes not only the leadership of Ministries of Health in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, and Ethiopia, the implementing partners in the field, and the generous financial support and technical oversight of USAID but also some of the other principal parties that contributed to its success:
• the thousands of individuals and their supportive families who entrusted their health care to the project-supported activities, contributing to the knowledge base on how best to scale up and improve morbidity management;
• the dedicated community leaders, local authorities, community health workers and volunteers who ensured widespread participation at the community level;
• the devoted staff of RTI, Fred Hollows Foundation, and Light for the World in Ethiopia and HKI in Burkina Faso and Cameroon who spared no efforts in achieving objectives and targets; and
• international organizations such as WHO (including ESPEN), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis for timely technical guidance and continuous support.
The investment made by USAID in each country will last beyond the project in the form of expanded and better-trained human resource pools for providing quality MMDP services; the adoption of internationally recognized preferred practices for morbidity management for trachoma and LF; scaled-up MMDP implementation; strengthened data systems; and most importantly, thousands of lives improved, benefiting not only individuals treated but their families as well.
Although the MMDP Project ends September 30, 2019, USAID’s commitment to end NTDs continues with the Act to End NTDs I West project, led by FHI360 and the Act to End NTDs I East project, managed by RTI International.