Neglected tropical disease (NTD) control in health systems: the interface between programmes and general health services

B Marchal, M Van Dormael, M Pirard, A Cavalli, G Kegels, K Polman

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    Abstract

    Disease control programmes are an intrinsic part of health systems. Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) control is a clear case in point. While there is a growing consensus that Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) control and health services are linked, with important mutual impacts, little is known of what actually happens at the interface between the two entities. Here, we review the rationale, viewpoints and experiences of NTD control programmes regarding general health services, and vice versa, and compare their respective arguments. We discuss the interactions and interface between disease control and health systems, and present possible scenarios for health system strengthening by NTD- and other disease-specific programmes. Focusing on countries in sub-Saharan Africa, we suggest a number of principles that could pave the way for fruitful discussions and development of synergies.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalActa Tropica
    Volume120
    Issue numberSuppl. 1
    Pages (from-to)S177-S185
    Number of pages9
    ISSN0001-706X
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Keywords

    • B780-tropical-medicine
    • Neglected diseases
    • Control programs
    • Health systems
    • Impact
    • Health services
    • Strengthening
    • Integrated control
    • Review of the literature

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