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Ethiopia and its steps to mobilize resources to achieve 2020 elimination and control goals for neglected tropical diseases webs joined can tie a lion.

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      In June 2013, at the launch of its National Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) Master Plan, the Ethiopian government pledged to achieve WHO NTD elimination and control targets by 2020. With an estimated 80 million people living in areas where one or more NTDs are endemic, this goal presented an enormous challenge for the Federal Ministry of Health. However, as of September 2015, the Federal Ministry of Health has managed to mobilize support to implement mass drug administration in 84% of the trachoma endemic districts and 100% of the endemic districts for onchocerciasis, lymphatic filariasis, soil-transmitted helminthes and schistosomiasis. The national program still is facing large gaps in its podoconiosis and leishmaniasis programs, and it faces significant other challenges to stay on track for 2020 targets. However, this unprecedented scale-up in support was achieved through significant government investment in NTD interventions and creative coordination between donors and implementing partners, which may provide valuable lessons for other national NTD programs trying to achieve nationwide coverage.

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      [1 ] NTD Case Team, Federal Ministry of Health, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
      [2 ] Emory University, 1518 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, Georgia 30322, USA.
      [3 ] RTI International, Mafi City Mall, 6 Floor, House No 601/5, Bole Sub City, Woreda 3, PO Box 21054/1000, Ethiopia.
      [4 ] Kalacore, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
      [5 ] Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
      [6 ] National Podoconiosis Action Network (NAPAN), Baleker Building, 7 floor, Office #705, Kirkos sub-city, PO Box: 2255 Code 1110, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
      [7 ] Filarial Programmes Support Unit, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Pembroke Place, Liverpool, L3 5QA, UK.
      [8 ] World Health Organization, Menelik Avenue, UNECA compound, PO Box 3069, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
      [9 ] RTI International, 701 13th St NW #750, Washington, DC 20005, USA.
      [10 ] RTI International, Mafi City Mall, 6 Floor, House No 601/5, Bole Sub City, Woreda 3, PO Box 21054/1000, Ethiopia smcpherson@rti.org.
      Journal
      Int Health
      International health
      Oxford University Press (OUP)
      1876-3405
      1876-3405
      Mar 2016
      : 8 Suppl 1
      26940308 ihw007 10.1093/inthealth/ihw007

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