Neglecting the effect of COVID-19 on neglected tropical diseases: the Ethiopian perspective

Seid Getahun Abdela, Johan van Griensven, Fikre Seife, Wendemagegn Enbiale

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Countries around the world are facing an enormous challenge due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pressure that the pandemic inflicts on health systems could certainly impact on the care, control, and elimination of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). From mid-January 2020, Ethiopia started to prepare for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19. The Federal Ministry of Health pledged to continue essential healthcare, including NTD care, during this pandemic. However, some hospitals have been closed for other healthcare services and have been turned into isolation and treatment centers for COVID-19. In addition to the healthcare facility measures, all community-based health promotion and disease prevention services have been stopped. The current shift in attention towards COVID-19 is expected to have a negative impact on NTD prevention and care.

Original languageEnglish
JournalTransactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Issue number10
Pages (from-to)730-732
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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