UPDATE: WHO interim guidance on the implementation of NTD programmes

27 Jul 2020

WHO NTDs & Covid-19 webpage

The WHO have created this information webpage for access to the latest data and guidance from the WHO on NTDs and Covid-19.

UPDATE 27.07.2020:

The WHO have released interim guidance on "Considerations for implementing mass treatment, active case‐finding and population-based surveys for neglected tropical diseases in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic"

This document provides a decision-making framework for implementation of mass treatment interventions, active case-finding campaigns and population-based surveys for NTDs in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. A two-step approach is proposed: a risk–benefit assessment, to decide if the planned activity should proceed; and an examination of a list of precautionary measures that should be applied with the aim of decreasing the risk of transmission of COVID-19 associated with the activity, and strengthening the capacity of the health system to manage any residual risk.

Version française:

Éléments à prendre en considération dans la mise en oeuvre du traitement de masse, de la détection active des cas et des enquêtes en population pour les maladies tropicales négligées (‎‎MTN)‎‎ dans le contexte de la pandémie de COVID-19: orientations provisoires, 27 juillet 2020. Organisation mondiale de la Santé.

Accédez au document en français ici.

Versão em português:

Considerações para a implementação do tratamento em massa, procura activa de casos e inquéritos às populações sobre as doenças tropicais negligenciadas no contexto da pandemia de COVID-19.

Aceda aqui à orientação em portguese.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued interim guidance for NTD programmes in accordance with the public health measures put in place to curb the Covid-19 pandemic.

Firstly WHO recommends that mass treatment campaigns (MDA), community-based surveys and active case-finding activities are postponed until further notice.

Secondly, the WHO recommends that the following activities are supported wherever possible:

  1. Prompt diagnosis, treatment and care of patients with NTDs presenting at healthcare facilities.
  2. Essential vector control measures.

Local authorities can use existing NTD platforms, surveillance mechanisms and WASH/Health education opportunities to support the implementation of Covid-19 measures.

Get detailed NTD guidance and Covid-19 guidance here.

Decision-making framework for implementation of NTD interventions and surveys
Community-based health care
Facility-based health care

Selected WHO Guidance on COVID-19

A selection of WHO publications on COVID-19 listed below includes the technical and operational context for implementing NTD interventions.

Epidemiological scenarios and public health response
Advice on personal protection for health staff
Guidance on essential health services in the context of COVID-19
Guidance for special settings



WHO Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Behaviour change