Strengthening Integrated Neglected Tropical Disease Control in Zamfara

Nigeria

This project aimed to increase access to quality leprosy, lymphatic filariasis (LF) and disability services within an integrated health system for communities in Zamfara. The project worked closely with the Government’s Department of Health to improve health services, train health workers, and increase access to health clinics at a local level. The project also worked with communities to help ensure people with disabilities were included in society.

Some of last year’s achievements include:

  • 15,750 people reached with health promotion activities
  • 100 health workers trained in leprosy and lymphatic filariasis diagnosis and management
  • 493 people reached with inclusive WASH promotion activities
  • 162 assistive devices fitted to people with disabilities

Social Return on Investment

Thirty government health workers were given a three-day training course on leprosy and lymphatic filariasis diagnosis and treatment, at a cost $193 per health worker.

Australian Aid Supported by the Australian Government
The Integrated NTD and Disability Project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). Thanks to ANCP, this project is able to help improve the well-being of people affected by leprosy, other neglected tropical diseases and disability in Nigeria.

 

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The Leprosy Mission in Nigeria

Nigeria is located in Western Africa on the Gulf of Guinea, and is one of the most populated countries in the world. With more than 250 ethnic groups, all with varying languages and customs, Nigeria has a rich ethnic diversity. Health and healthcare, along with general living conditions, are very poor in Nigeria; the average life expectancy is only 47 years for both males and females. Many curable diseases are still rampant throughout the country, as only half the population has access to clean water and proper sanitation.

The Leprosy Mission Australia partners with The Leprosy Mission Nigeria in its work.

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