The NTD Support Center has invited proposals for operational research on how to include NTDs within Universal health coverage (UHC) in national health systems.
UHC is one of the cornerstones of the Sustainable Development Goals. The core principle is that all people have access to and use the quality health services they need, without incurring financial hardship. NTDs need to be included as part of UHC in countries where these diseases are endemic and where people will live with NTD-related disability long after elimination certification. Presently, the NTD programme exists as a standalone vertical programme in many countries. The RFP will contribute to an understanding of how we move from vertical programming for NTD control and elimination to the integration of NTDs within the standard package of care delivered at the primary health care unit. Strengthening the existing health system to be able to incorporate NTD programming into their regular activities is integral to this process.
Information about the call for proposals and how to apply can be seen here.