Nigeria Launches ‘NTD Master Plan’

Last week, “Nigeria launched a multi-year national plan for the control and elimination of neglected tropical diseases (NTD Master Plan),” which “provides a platform for Nigeria to stimulate global efforts to reach elimination and control of diseases under the London Declaration and Millennium Development Goal 6,” Mawish Raza, communications intern for the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), writes in the group’s “End The Neglect” blog. “Nigeria bears the largest NTD burden within sub-Saharan Africa,” she writes, adding, “In order to provide treatment for more than 60 million affected individuals over the next five years, the plan requires $334 million (49 billion Naira).” Raza concludes, “Nigeria’s initiative sparks the beginning of a successful network of nations pledging to fight the global cause against NTDs” (2/21).