FMOH NTD DIVISION HOLDS 7TH ANNUAL NATIONAL REVIEW MEETING, JANUARY 2019
The Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) Division of the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), with support from the World Health Organisation (WHO), organized a 3-day meeting for the review of NTD control and elimination activities implemented in the 36 states and FCT in 2018. The meeting took place in Enugu from 16th to 18th January, 2019. Participants at the meeting included the FMOH NTD National Coordinator, Programme Managers, Officers and Zonal staff, NTD Programme Coordinators and Data Managers from the 36 states and FCT, as well as representatives from Non-Governmental Development Organisations (NGDOs) namely: Research Triangle Institute International, The Carter Centre, Evidence Action, TY Danjuma Foundation, Mission To Save The Helpless, Helen Keller International, Health and Development Support, Amen Health Foundation, Sightsavers, Seventeen Plus Foundation and the World Health Organisation.
At this meeting, the Enugu State Commissioner for Health presented a keynote address in which he expressed his delight in the choice of Enugu State as host of the 7th National Review Meeting. He re-affirmed the State Government’s commitment to continued support for NTD activities in the State.
In addition, the meeting set out to assess and review the activities conducted by the States in 2018; review the extent of implementation of recommendations from the last National and Zonal review meetings; and utilize the data generated from 2018 and previous years implementation to derive projections for 2019.
During the meeting, there were presentations and discussions on update on 2018 NTD activities, challenges and way forward; state NTD program status (mapping, MAM and assessment) for all geopolitical zones; surveillance for PC and CM NTDS; supply chain management, handling of medicines, issues, challenges and way forward, among others.
Importantly, the following resolutions were arrived at during the meeting: even though the snapshot document is a useful tool that helps track treatments and program performance, subsequently, information from the JRSM should be used for the calculation of coverages; the national program with support from RTI/ENVISION should urgently convene a meeting (before the end of the first quarter of 2019) to finalize integrated assessment guidelines and the product disseminated among stakeholders; reverse logistics should be embedded into the treatment data/medicines retrieval process while maintaining the line of retrieval through the supply chain team, among others.
Also, during this meeting, the FMOH with support from Seventeen Plus Foundation introduced a new initiative to the NTD National Review Meeting – the presentation of awards to deserving states and partners. The table below shows the awards given and their recipients:
|TRACHOMA||SCHISTOSOMIASIS||SOIL TRANSMITTED HELMINTHS||LYMPHATIC FILARIASIS|
|SCALE UP OF MDA||Kebbi||Osun||Oyo||Osun|
|MOST CONSISTENT EFFECTIVE ROUND OF MDA||Katsina||Nasarawa||Imo||Kano|
|DISEASE SPECIFIC ASSESSMENT||Sokoto||–||–||Sokoto|
|MOST NOMINATED STATE||Sokoto||Sokoto||Taraba||Niger|
|MOST CONSISTENT PARTNER WHO ATTENDS ALL MEETINGS AND MAKES VALUEABLE CONTRIBUTIONS||MITOSATH|
|MOST CONSISTENT PARTNER WHO ATTENDS ALL MEETINGS AND MAKES VALUEABLE CONTRIBUTIONS||RTI International|
|BEST ZONAL COORDINATOR||North West Zone for Sokoto||South South Zone for Cross River|
|NATIONAL COORDINATOR (LEADERSHIP AWARD)||Dr. Chukwuma Anyaike|