Task Force for Global Health receives $45 million USAID award for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) work

The Task Force for Global Health (The Task Force) is thrilled to be awarded the United States Agency for International Development’s “Ending Neglected Diseases through Operational Research” (ENDOR) Cooperative Agreement. The Task Force will partner with the African Research Network for NTDs (ARNTD) and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana, as a major sub-partner in implementing the objectives of ENDOR. 

This five-year award is intended to support national governments, local research institutions and NGOs, implementing partners, and NTD diagnostic developers in addressing operational challenges, improving NTD diagnostics, and other programmatic challenges through an operational research portfolio. 

“We are deeply honored to receive the ENDOR Cooperative Agreement from the U.S. Agency for International Development,” said Dr. Patrick Lammie, Director of the Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center at The Task Force for Global Health. “This award represents an important step forward in USAID’s ambitious agenda to help control and eliminate NTDs and underscores the importance of operational research in achieving sustainable solutions.” 

The Cooperative Agreement offers funding of up to $45 million and primarily focuses on supporting countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Nonetheless, ENDOR will have a global reach and provide research opportunities for all national programs aiming at the five diseases currently addressed by USAID: lymphatic filariasis, blinding trachoma, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, and three types of intestinal worms (commonly referred to as soil-transmitted helminths). It also represents USAID’s longstanding investments in enhanced NTD diagnostics and contributes to the global WHO evidence base in accordance with the WHO NTD 2030 Roadmap. Through the ENDOR Cooperative Agreement, The Task Force will collaborate with ARNTD to establish partnerships with African researchers, aiming to increase regional operational research efforts and gatherings.

With these funds, The Task Force is poised to expand its efforts, forge new partnerships, and drive innovation in NTD research and intervention to reduce the burden of NTDs and promote sustainable solutions. Through collaboration with USAID, ARNTD, local communities, governments, and other partners, The Task Force is committed to achieving measurable impact and advancing the global effort to eliminate NTDs.

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