USAID's Neglected Tropical Disease Program

The initiative aims to ensure a wide-scale and sustainable availability of effective and affordable drugs needed to treat Neglected Tropical Diseases in affected countries through drug donations.

Neglected Tropical Disease Initiative

USAID's Neglected Tropical Diseases' (NTDs) goal under Global Health Initiative (GHI) is to reduce the prevalence of seven NTDs by 50 percent among 70 percent of affected population. With this goal, the project targets to contribute to the elimination of onchocerciasis in the Americas by 2016, the elimination of lymphatic filariasis globally by 2020, and the elimination of blinding trachoma globally by 2020. The NTDs Program relies heavily on generous drug donations from pharmaceutical donation programs. Over $3.1 billion worth of drugs for NTD control have been donated by the pharmaceutical industry to the countries where USAID supported mass drug administration (MDA) campaigns. Four of the drugs needed to treat NTDs, albendazole, mebendazole, Mectizan® and Zithromax®, are donated by GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Merck and Pfizer, respectively. USAID coordinates closely with these pharmaceutical partners, leveraging their drug donations for USAID-supported MDAs and extending the reach of the donation programs.


  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • World Bank Group

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. Their mission is to fight poverty with passion and professionalism for lasting...

  • World Health Organization (WHO)

    Funding Agencies
    Staff size: 5001-10,000

    WHO (World Health Organisation) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters,...

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (B&MGF)

    United States | Staff size: Unknown
    They are focused on the areas of greatest need, on the ways in which they can do the most good.


  • GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

    Goods Supplier
    United Kingdom | Staff size: 10,000+

    We are a science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops a broad range of innovative medicines and brands. Our products are used by millions of people around the world,...

  • Johnson & Johnson

    Goods Supplier, Service Providers
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    At Johnson & Johnson we are committed to:

    • Building healthy communities through innovative and impactful healthcare solutions and...
  • Merck

    Goods Supplier, Service Providers
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    Merck is an innovative, global healthcare leader that is committed to improving health and well-being around the world. At Merck, they're applying their global reach, financial strength and...

  • Pfizer

    Goods Supplier, Institute
    United States | Staff size: 1001-5000

    At Pfizer, they apply science and their global resources to bring therapies to people that extend and significantly improve their lives.

    They strive to set the standard for quality,...

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - United States

    Institute, Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting public health...

  • FHI 360

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 1001-5000

    FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions.

  • RTI International

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 1001-5000

    RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. Clients rely on them to answer questions that demand an objective and...

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  • Start Date 2006
  • End Date 2020
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