A Note from the CEO
“Since the founding of the END Fund, our greatest pleasure and honor has been to wake up every single day and do our best to be of service to the incredible people and organizations working to end suffering caused by neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).
At this unprecedented moment, with much of the world at a standstill due to COVID-19 and program delivery uncertain, the END Fund remains committed to leveraging our unique funding model, network, and resources to help protect the vulnerable communities we serve. As we respond to COVID-19 and simultaneously advance our mission to end NTDs, we are profoundly grateful for the opportunity to partner with all of you — our donors, program partners, and technical specialists — to make each day count.
We are delighted to present our 2019 Annual Report and share with you the fruits of our global collaboration from last year. We look forward to continued partnerships and impact in 2020 and beyond.“
Our 2019 Impact
121M People treated
196M Treatments Provided
$338M Value of Treatment
In April 2019, TED announced its support of the END Fund’s Audacious Project, which aims to galvanize deworming programs and accelerate progress towards elimination goals of intestinal worms and schistosomiasis in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, and Kenya through the Deworming Innovation Fund. Over the next five years, this project will ensure that tens of millions of people — including those traditionally left behind, such as women of reproductive age and preschool-age children — will benefit from life-changing deworming treatment, sanitation and hygiene education, and innovative programming.
NIGERIAN FOOTBALLER JOINS THE EFFORT TO END NTDS
In Nigeria, William Troost-Ekong — a football player on the national Super Eagles team — championed NTD awareness and treatment through the launch of a national public service announcement (PSA) that ran on radio and television stations. The PSA, which aired in seven Nigerian states and in the federal capital, Abuja, was translated into five local languages. It was listened to more than 108 million times on the radio and viewed more than 3 million times on television.
THE DRC REACHES NATIONAL COVERAGE FOR TREATMENT OF LF AND INTESTINAL WORMS
Located in the heart of Africa with over 80 million people, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has one of the world’s highest burdens of NTDs. The sheer size of the country, decades of conflict, and a limited health infrastructure have all contributed to the high prevalence of these devastating diseases.
Since we first started working in the DRC in 2014, we have actively coordinated with a coalition of partners — including the Ministry of Health, philanthropists, and NGOs — to ensure limited resources have the highest collective impact. This collaborative environment has led to major milestones. This year, we worked alongside the national NTD program to achieve integrated treatment for lymphatic filariasis and intestinal worms at a national scale in 185 health zones across 13 provinces. This ambitious campaign targeted over 26 million people. Integration enables ministries to roll out NTD programs that are more cost effective as training workshops, logistics, and supervision efforts are planned more efficiently.