Sightsavers’ technical manager in Kenya, Samuel Eshitemi Omukuba; and the Kenya ministry of health’s Dr Sultani Hadley Matendechero, believe that a strong partnership between WASH and NTD implementers will bring significant benefits across both sectors.
NTDs like trachoma, river blindness, lymphatic filariasis, intestinal worms and schistosomiasis are diseases of public health importance in many countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas. However, many of them are preventable through improving access to safe water, basic sanitation and hygiene (WASH).
In Kenya, NTDs are a major cause of suffering, illness and disability. According to the government’s current NTD strategy, approximately 25 million Kenyans are at risk of having at least one NTD.
In order to control and eliminate NTDs as a public health problem in Kenya, the ministry of health, in partnership with Sightsavers and other non-governmental organisations (NGOs), carry out regular mass drug administration activities within qualifying affected regions. These target all eligible community members with safe and effective medicines to break the transmission of disease.