Watch: END Fund CEO on pandemic impact on NTDs

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The END Fund Chief Executive Officer Ellen Agler says that because of the coronavirus pandemic, her organization has put a pause on all mass drug distribution campaigns designed to prevent neglected tropical diseases.

In an interview with Devex President and Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar, Agler described how The END Fund, a major NTD funder, recently received a proposal in one country to shift from a campaign approach to disease prevention to a door-to-door approach — an effort that would cost 20% more.

For more on the future of NTD eradication in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, tune in to the complete interview.

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About the author

  • Raj Kumar

    Raj Kumar is the Founding President and Editor-in-Chief at Devex, the media platform for the global development community. He is a media leader and former humanitarian council chair for the World Economic Forum and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His work has led him to more than 50 countries, where he has had the honor to meet many of the aid workers and development professionals who make up the Devex community. He is the author of the book "The Business of Changing the World," a go-to primer on the ideas, people, and technology disrupting the aid industry.