Sightsavers Reports

Community Directed Distributors – the ‘foot soldiers’ in the fight to control and eliminate neglected tropical diseases

Community-directed distributors (CDDs) are critical in the delivery of medicines and other tools for the control of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), prevention of malaria, and other beneficial health interventions. The distributors are the unsung heroes and heroines without whom the health of hundreds of thousands of communities in rural Africa would be worse than it is today.

This paper documents more than two decades (1997–2019) of the contributions of 4.8 million CDDs of medicines for NTDs across 27 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The authors recommend policy measures for a wider application of existing networks of CDDs by countries’ health systems to consolidate and accelerate the achievements made as well as for the attainment of the goals set forth in the newly developed World Health Organization (WHO) NTD Roadmap.

Two women and one man stand against the background of a yellow wall. The women wear red headscarves. The man and one of the women are carrying sheets of paper in the hands.
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