Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)

Is a diverse group of communicable diseases that prevail in tropical and subtropical conditions in 149 countries. It affects more than one billion people and cost developing economies billions of dollars every year. In May 2013, the 66th World Health Assembly resolved to intensify and integrate measures against neglected tropical diseases and to plan investments to improve the health and social well-being of affected populations. GRSS is working with WHO to ensure the implementation of resolution WHA66.12 and WHA69.21 through the Strategic and Technical Advisory for Neglected Tropical Diseases.

In South Sudan, populations living in poverty, without adequate sanitation and in close contact with infectious vectors and domestic animals and livestock are those worst affected.

THESO is supporting national ministry of health using the WHO recommended five combined public health interventions delivering it locally and effectively to control common NTDs in South Sudan with the aim of achieving sustainable results. Our interventions are guided by the local epidemiology and the availability of appropriate measures to detect, prevent and control diseases with high coverage contributing to achieving the targets of the WHO NTD Roadmap on neglected tropical diseases.

At THESO’s heart, primary health care is about caring for people, rather than simply treating specific diseases or conditions.

Our Primary Health Care services is made up of three main areas: empowered people and communities; multisectoral policy and action; and primary care and essential public health functions as the core of integrated health services. This includes a spectrum of services from prevention (i.e. vaccinations and family planning) to management of chronic health conditions and palliative care. THESO delivers PHC services that meet the majority of an individual’s health needs over the course of their life. South Sudan health system has a strong PHC as its core and it delivers better health outcomes, efficiency and improved quality of care compared to other models. THESO is privilege to be part of the contributors with strong PHC strategies to support national ministry of health’s set targets to achieve universal health coverage and the health-related Sustainable Development Goals.