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Combatting NTDs in the Mô prefecture

Combatting NTDs in the Mô prefecture
  • Togo Country
  • 204.617 € Investment
  • 2020-22 Length

The Challenge

To improve living conditions to reduce NTDs in Mô, Togo.

The access for most of the population in the Mô prefecture, in eastern Togo, to basic infrastructures, supplies and health services is limited.

is also an area with a strong presence of NTDs. Children, women and people with disability, excluded people and the elderly are among those who suffer most from this lack of resources and are more exposed to contracting infectious diseases.

The solution

With the local organisation ADESCO, we develop a project to improve the living conditions of 25 communities in Mô.

We have spent years working with the German organisation DAHW in this prefecture to fight against the Buruli ulcer, leprosy and yaws and we want to keep on strengthening basic services to reduce the presence of these forgotten diseases.

  • We promote best practices in hygiene and sanitation by: installing toilets and building wells, providing education on the dangers of defecating outdoors, the use of chlorine to purify water, etc.
  • We organise workshops to detect skin-related diseases with groups of women, health workers in communities, religious leaders and traditional healers. These people are key allies to refer any suspicious cases to health centres and to ensure a more effective treatment of skin diseases, including NTDs.
  • Alongside women leaders, we work with community groups of women to break gender stereotypes, avoid violence and offer examples of positive masculinity.

Impact

To guarantee quality water, hygiene and sanitation, raise awareness of NTDs and move forward in women being able to exercise their basic rights to improve health the Mô district. At the same time, this will ensure everyone from the 25 communities of our interventions are less exposed to infectious and debilitating diseases.

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