COUNTDOWN is a 5-year Department for International Development (DFID)-funded project which brings together innovative and multi-disciplinary neglected tropical disease (NTD) researchers, policy makers, practitioners and implementation research specialists from Cameroon, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, the UK, and the USA, supporting the scale-up of appropriate interventions in sub-Saharan Africa against NTDs amenable to preventive chemotherapy approaches.
COUNTDOWN is producing research evidence to contribute to reducing the morbidity, mortality and poverty associated with NTDs through increasing knowledge and capacity, to cost-effectively scale-up sustainable control and elimination of NTDs as a public health problem in line with the World Health Organization 2020 NTD Roadmap. COUNTDOWN is generating knowledge about the realities of increasing the reach of NTD treatment in different contexts.
Strategy & Vision
Our strategy is to increase the effectiveness of NTD programmes, with a focus on reaching poor and vulnerable groups and highlighting inequities, resulting in more people accessing appropriate interventions and receiving necessary treatments.
Our vision is to reduce morbidity, mortality and poverty associated with neglected tropical diseases from application of new evidence for cost effective scale-up of sustained control and targeted elimination of disease in line with the WHO 2020 neglected tropical disease roadmap and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
COUNTDOWN (DFID Grant ID PO 6407) is a multi-disciplinary research consortium dedicated to investigating cost-effective, scaled-up and sustainable solutions necessary to control and eliminate the seven most common NTDs by 2020. COUNTDOWN was formed in 2014 and is funded by UKAID, part of the Department for International Development (DFID).