WHO interim guidance on the implementation of NTD programmes - July 2020

27 July 2020

The WHO have released interim guidance on "Considerations for implementing mass treatment, active caseā€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.