ESPEN COUNTRY NTD MASTER PLAN 2021 -2025 - framework for development

21 Aug 2020

Purpose of Document

This document is intended to guide NTD programmes in members states in the WHO region for Africa in developing the next generation NTD Master Plans in line with WHO Roadmap 2030. The document is open for inputs from stakeholders.

Current contributors include:

  • Dr Kebede Deribe
  • GrĂ¡inne Hutton
  • Prof. Chinyere Ukaga
  • Chukwu Okoronkwo
  • Rosemary Musuva
  • Regional AFRO NTD Team
  • South Sudan NTD team (MoH and Country office)
  • Speak Up Africa
  • ASCEND West WHO HQ NTD team

This guide is intended to assist countries in the African region to develop high quality strategic plans in line with the 2030 NTD Global Roadmap1for the elimination of NTDs. Most countries in the WHO African region have gone through two rounds of master plan development and revision using a guide that had been developed by WHO/AFRO in 2012. Given the development of the 2030 NTD Global Roadmap for the elimination of NTDs, it is imperative that countries' NTD Master Plans align with the global document which had been produced through a process involving a diverse group of stakeholders. Consequently, this framework and guide has been designed with that focus, with similar language and structure to ease reference and alignment.Unique to the current fourth generation Master Plan, andin line with the 2030 NTD Global Roadmap, is guidance to countries on re-designing their national NTD program and make it fit-for-purpose during the next 4-5 years to drive progress toward the 2030 goals (See 2021-2030 NTD Global Roadmap, Fig. 25. Shifts in organizational structures in countries). This guide builds on the foundation and progress made in the implementation of previous strategic plans and tries to address some of the inherent challenges. Consequently, the current guide seeks to encourage three fundamental shifts in the approach to tackling NTDs:

  • Increase accountability for impact by using impact indicators instead of process indicators;
  • Move away from siloed, disease-specific programmes by mainstreaming programmes into national health systems and intensifying cross-cutting approaches centred on the needs of people and communities; and
  • Change operating models and culture to facilitate greater ownership of programmes by countries. Shift from externally driven partner and donor funding, to country ownership and financing
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