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Breaking transmission of neglected tropical diseases

The Ethiopia Federal Ministry of Health and its partners aim to demonstrate a sustainable and scalable model for breaking transmission of parasitic worms in rural Ethiopia. In partnership with the Ethiopian Public Health Institute, London Centre for Neglected Tropical Disease Research at Imperial College London, World Vision Ethiopia, and the Children's Investment Fund Foundation, Simprints is helping to ensure high coverage of deworming treatment across five districts in Wolayita.


National deworming programmes rely on mass drug administration (MDA) to control schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminths, two neglected tropical diseases endemic to Ethiopia. The World Health Organization recommends Treatment Coverage Validation surveys  which are widely used by national programmes to gather data on MDA coverage. These surveys, however, rely on participant self-report of whether treatment was offered and if they complied with treatment.


The Geshiyaro project aims to interrupt the transmission of  intestinal worms in Wolayita zone through MDA with a goal of 90% coverage of the zonal population.  Individual identification will allow for more accurate coverage estimates, and help to understand if certain demographic groups are not receiving preventive chemotherapy during any given MDA round. Simprints is supporting the project by providing more reliable and accurate population-level treatment receipt verification through biometric identification.

Looking ahead

The Geshiyaro evaluation team is now scaling up validation of the treatment coverage across 4 additional districts to reach up to 500,000 beneficiaries.

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