The Challenge

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) impact more than 1.5 billion people across 149 countries and contribute to a cycle of poverty and disease that can hinder economic and social development for generations. Some NTDs can cause permanent disabilities requiring ongoing intensive case management.

Currently, many people affected by NTDs lack access to case management services. Further, case management programs are fragmented, and the true burden of disease, and data about the availability of services, is inaccessible.

The Solution

AIM fills a critical gap. It systematically works within health systems to map NTDs and improve equitable access to diagnosis, treatment and care. AIM’s three-step process uses an innovative mapping method, integrated plans and highly focused interventions to ensure every person affected by NTDs like lymphatic filariasis, leprosy and Buruli ulcer, has access to the health services they need.

In partnership with Ministries of Health, AIM will:

  • Increase access to

    health
    services

  • Reduce

    avoidable
    disability

  • Improve

    tools for
    advocacy

  • Increase

    efficiency
    efficiency

  • Improve

    community
    health

  • Accelerate

    elimination
    elimination


Our Approach

The Process

  • Mapping

    Maps of multiple diseases are produced by aggregating data of existing cases and morbidity, identifying where the need is, and where an integrated approach can have the most impact.

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  • Evidence-based strategic plan

    The maps can be used as a critical tool to guide governments and their partners to extend limited resources by targeting areas of greatest need and highest risk.

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  • Implementation of integrated interventions

    A single health professional will have the visual data to know where NTDs are most prevalent and can deliver highly targeted and integrated care such as wound care, training, prevention measures and more.

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The Outcomes

  • INCREASED

    EFFICIENCY

  • INCREASED

    CAPACITY

  • INCREASED

    COVERAGE

= ACCESS TO NTD TREATMENT FOR ALL

The Impact

  • IMPROVED

    HEALTH

  • REDUCED

    DISABILITY

  • REDUCED

    STIGMA

  • ACCELERATED

    ELIMINATION

  • BROKEN CYCLE OF

    POVERTY & NTDs


Our Process

Mapping: Making the Invisible, Visible

  • Buruli ulcer
  • Lymphatic filariasis
  • Leprosy

Finding and mapping millions of people affected by Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) makes marginalized and sometimes invisible people, visible and quickly shows where the need for health care is greatest. The village-level maps show where multiple NTDs diseases overlap and uncover areas with insufficient access to treatment and care.

The AIM Initiative’s innovative mapping method uses existing health records and data collection mechanisms as well as data validation. Working with Ministries of Health, maps of existing NTD cases and morbidity are created at a fraction of the cost and time of other methods and can be easily updated. Most importantly, the maps help health ministries and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) improve efforts to reach and provide treatment and care to those most in need – people with and at-risk for NTDs.

Evidence-Based Strategic Plan: The Best Way to Fight Neglected Diseases

After the maps are developed, the AIM Initiative works with Ministries of Health and other NGOs to validate the data and develop integrated country-wide strategic plans that increase access to treatment and care.

This is a radical new approach, since typically each NTD is addressed separately. The maps highlight gaps in the available data, guide decision-making and facilitate more cohesive and cost-effective approaches by integrating NTD treatment and care while detecting and managing cases at the same time. As a result, limited financial and human resources can be stretched as far as possible. The national plans provide a clear and cohesive strategy for working together to most effectively and efficiently target areas of greatest need and highest risk for NTDs.

Implementation of Integrated Interventions:
Getting Treatment and Care to People Who Are Suffering

With the maps and strategic plans in hand, an integrated response can be launched. A single health professional will know where people with or at-risk of NTDs are most concentrated and can deliver highly targeted and integrated care such as wound care, training, prevention measures and more. The health worker will be equipped to respond to a variety of health conditions in their community. Marginalized and disabled people who suffer from NTDs will have access to quality health services near their villages and receive the proper treatment and care as part of a resilient health system.

The End Goal:
Access to Healthcare for All

The AIM Initiative’s three-step process facilitates the efficient targeting of resources, strengthens routing surveillance systems and dramatically increases equitable access to diagnosis, treatment and care. Thus AIM helps to improve health, reduce disability, reduce stigma, accelerate elimination and break the cycle of poverty and NTDs.


Our Progress

Cameroon

  • In preparation
  • Mapping in progress
  • Mapping complete
  • Integrated plan in development
  • Integrated plan complete
  • Integrated response ongoing

Ghana

  • In preparation
  • Mapping in progress
  • Mapping complete
  • Integrated plan in development
  • Integrated plan complete
  • Integrated response ongoing

Liberia

  • In preparation
  • Mapping in progress
  • Mapping complete
  • Integrated plan in development
  • Integrated plan complete
  • Integrated response ongoing

Mozambique

  • In preparation
  • Mapping in progress
  • Mapping complete
  • Integrated plan in development
  • Integrated plan complete
  • Integrated response ongoing

Myanmar

  • In preparation
  • Mapping in progress
  • Mapping complete
  • Integrated plan in development
  • Integrated plan complete
  • Integrated response ongoing

Nigeria

  • In preparation
  • Mapping in progress
  • Mapping complete
  • Integrated plan in development
  • Integrated plan complete
  • Integrated response ongoing

Sierra Leone

  • In preparation
  • Mapping in progress
  • Mapping complete
  • Integrated plan in development
  • Integrated plan complete
  • Integrated response ongoing

Sri Lanka

  • In preparation
  • Mapping in progress
  • Mapping complete
  • Integrated plan in development
  • Integrated plan complete
  • Integrated response ongoing


The AIM Initiative’s work is breaking barriers to NTD care and accelerating the end of these devastating diseases.
Read more about our work in our first year »