The TY Danjuma Foundation (TYDF), convened a research presentation and review meeting on the control and elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in Nigeria, with a focus on the control and elimination of onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, and lymphatic filariasis in Taraba state.

The research was presented by the African Regional Health Education Centre at the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan before stakeholders from various health organisations, government agencies, and media.

A Photograph Participants and Organisers

The meeting highlighted the partnership between TYDF and Mission to Save the Helpless (MITOSATH) in combatting NTDs in Taraba state. A situational analysis of NTDs control and elimination in Taraba State and Nigeria was presented for feedback and recommendations from participants.

Since 1996, Lt. Gen. TY Danjuma (rtd) GCON has been at the forefront of the fight against NTDs in Taraba state when he started funding MITOSATH to implement activities geared towards the control and elimination of onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, and lymphatic filariasis.

Following the establishment of the TY Danjuma Foundation in 2009, Gen. TY Danjuma transferred the responsibilities of funding MITOSATH to the Foundation. The partnership between TYDF and MITOSATH has made significant strides in combating onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, and lymphatic filariasis. Over 8,000 Community Directed Distributors (CDDs) have been trained, and more than 27 million treatments have been administered since 1996.

The research presentation revealed substantial progress in the treatment programme in Taraba state.

The meeting generated several recommendations, including the need for states to adapt the national NTDs plan to local context, integrate Community Directed Distributors as ad-hoc staff, and enhance post-treatment surveillance. The Taraba State Government pledged to provide maximum support and collaborate closely with the Foundation and other partners to eliminate NTDs in Taraba State.