South Sudan has rolled out a neglected tropical disease programme, which envisaged deworming campaigns in states endemic for soil transmitted helminth infections and schistosomiasis.
In 2016, two deworming campaigns targeting school-age children were performed in Central Equatoria. Distribution sites were set up in primary schools, Boma Health Initiative headquarters, health centres and markets. Training, radio adverts and community meetings were performed before the campaigns.
Central Equatoria implemented the first helminth infections and schistosomiasis treatment campaign, achieving a satisfactory programme coverage (>90%). Setting up drug distribution sites and engaging the Boma Health Initiative are recommended approaches for future campaigns.
Published in International Health
Country: South SudanKeywords: Community delivery | Public health communications | NTDs | Case management | Preventive treatments | SDG3
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