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The Launch of DFID’s Flagship Neglected Tropical Disease Programme, “ASCEND”

22 October 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Launch of DFID’s Flagship Neglected Tropical Disease Programme, “ASCEND”

Tuesday 22nd October 2019, 5:00-7:00pm

MacMillan Room, Portcullis House, House of Commons, London SW1A 2LW

 

Hosted by Chair: Jeremy Lefroy MP and Vice-Chairs: Catherine West MP, Pauline Latham MP, Baroness Hayman, Lord Trees, Fiona Bruce MP

 

At this meeting we will hear from the UK Department for International Development about their investments into neglected tropical diseases programmes including the recent launch of their flagship NTD programme, ASCEND, which will protect 200 million people in 25 countries from 5 debilitating diseases. We will also hear from Sightsavers and Crown Agents, the leading implementing partners of this major programme and representatives from these organisations in the affected countries.

 

ASCEND Lot 1:

Ascend, East and Southern Africa, South Asia

  • The programme is managed by four development and specialist scientific research organisations: Crown Agents (lead), Abt Associates, Oriole Global Health and the Royal Tropical Institute.
  • The Ascend lot 1 programme aims to consolidate progress towards eliminating and controlling five neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), in 12 of the world’s poorest countries, while working with the governments of those countries to improve their capacity for sustained programming .
  • We will work alongside ministries of health, communities and partners, including The World Health Organization (WHO), in endemic countries to deliver one of the most significant NTD programmes in history.
  • As part of a focus on sustainability, we will be taking a fresh look at blockages and inhibitors of progress:  such as fragmented supply chains, parallel processes, lack of coordination and prioritisation within health systems.
  • During the ASCEND programme we will support progress towards ‘the end game’ in NTD programming by facilitating surveillance and transmission surveys that help countries progress towards achieving and demonstrating/validating elimination.

 

ASCEND Lot 2:

Ascend, West and Central Africa:

The Ascend West and Central Africa programme aims to make major progress towards eliminating five painful and poverty-trapping neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), in 13 of the world’s poorest countries. The programme is funded by UK aid and is managed by four leading development organisations: Sightsavers, The Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Mott MacDonald. We will work alongside ministries of health, communities and partners, including The World Health Organization (WHO), in endemic countries to deliver one of the most significant NTD programmes in history. In three years, together we will deliver 440 million treatments to support several countries to reach the elimination threshold for diseases and promote long-term sustainable change.

Report from the meeting can be found here:

APPMG Ascend 221019 Summary

Details

Date:
22 October 2019
Time:
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Venue

MacMillan Room, Portcullis House