Integrating Neglected Tropical Disease and Immunization Programs: The Experiences of the Tanzanian Ministry of Health.

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Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2016 Sep 7;95(3):505-7. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.15-0724. Epub 2016 May 31.

Integrating Neglected Tropical Disease and Immunization Programs: The Experiences of the Tanzanian Ministry of Health.

Mwingira UJ1 Means AR2 Chikawe M1 Kilembe B1 Lyimo D3 Crowley K4 Rusibamayila N5 Nshala A6 Mphuru A3.

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Abstract

Global health practitioners are increasingly advocating for the integration of community-based health-care platforms as a strategy for increasing the coverage of programs encouraging program efficiency and promoting universal health-care goals. To leverage the strengths of compatible programs and avoid geographic and temporal duplications in efforts the Tanzanian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare coordinated immunization and neglected tropical disease programs for the first time in 2014. Specifically a measles and rubella supplementary vaccine campaign mass drug administration (MDA) of ivermectin and albendazole and Vitamin A were provisionally integrated into a shared community-based delivery platform. Over 21 million people were targeted by the integrated campaign with the immunization program and MDA program reaching 97% and 93% of targeted individuals respectively. The purpose of this short report is to share the Tanzanian experience of launching and managing this integrated campaign with key stakeholders.

 

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