COVID-19: WHO issues interim guidance for implementation of NTD programmes
The World Health Organization (WHO), in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has recommended that all community-based surveys, active case-finding activities and mass treatment campaigns for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) be postponed until further notice.
The statement made on 1 April 2020, recommends that support for (1) prompt diagnosis, treatment and care of NTDs for patients presenting to healthcare facilities, and (2) essential vector control measures, should continue wherever possible, as these are critical interventions.
WHO also encourages local health authorities to use existing NTD platforms, surveillance mechanisms and WASH/health education opportunities to support the implementation of COVID-19-related measures, as appropriate.
More detailed guidance is currently being developed and recommendations will be updated on a regular basis to reflect the evolution of the pandemic.