Awareness, prevention and early treatment of NTDs
- Benin Country
- 2.447.378 € Investment
- 2020-22 Length
The relentless fight against forgotten diseases in Benin.
Benin is one of the poorest countries in West Africa, a region hit by various skin-related Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), such as the Buruli ulcer and yaws, which primarily affect children.
Since 2015, we have supported the National Programme to Fight Against NTDs from Benin’s Ministry of Health, a programme which aims to reduce cases of these diseases in the country. Therefore, we adhere to the WHO’s integrated strategy to fight against skin-related NTDs by:
- Driving forward the prevention and early treatment of leprosy, yaws and the Buruli ulcer.
- Improving quality of care in health centres for patients suffering from these diseases, taking into account the needs of women and children and people with disability, primarily.
- Promoting appropriate measures of sanitation and hygiene.
- Fostering raised awareness and education around NTDs.
By strengthening the Benin health system, we will be able to eliminate leprosy, control the Buruli ulcer and eradicate yaws from the country by 2025, in accordance with the WHO’s integrated strategy to control skin-related NTDs.
As a result, we want to ensure the population’s full Right to Health, improve the quality of life of those people suffering from these diseases and commit to fighting against all forms of exclusion these people face.
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