AIM is an innovative partnership that brings together diverse stakeholders who are committed to finding a new way forward to end the impact of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).
Ministries of Health
AIM focuses on supporting Ministries of Health with the technical support, resources, and data visualization tools that are essential to responding to the case management challenges of NTDs. We start with NTD case mapping at the village level by compiling existing case and morbidity data. These maps then guide decision-making for policies and programs and help to identify target areas, develop appropriate morbidity interventions, and provide a more cohesive and cost-effective approach to case detection and management.
Mapping, in and of itself, is not the sole focus nor is it a one-time activity. With the tool, Ministries of Health are able to upload data on a periodic basis and remap at-will. AIM mapping provides a sustainable surveillance mechanism that could be used with existing case level data on an annual, quarterly, or periodic basis.
AIM helps national governments demonstrate their alignment with global policy frameworks including WHO resolutions and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for “increasing access to quality essential health-care services and access to effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all”.
Through AIM, NGOs have unprecedented opportunities for collaboration in the fight against NTDs. AIM helps improve efficiency in the response to NTDs and to break down the silos that presently exist in the treatment and prevention of NTDs by providing tools that enable the integration of data and targeting treatment for individuals at risk of multiple NTDs.
AIM is shaped by the contributions of its partners and collaborators, and together can improve all partners’ abilities to report against a clear baseline, increase impact, and generate the evidence base for a stronger return on investment.
World Health Organization
AIM provides a scalable model of integrated care and disease management that aligns with WHO’s mandate to ensure access to quality health services for all people living with NTDs. AIM provides a sustainable system for mapping cases, conducting ongoing surveillance and implementing an integrated response to NTDs requiring case management. AIM’s inexpensive, rapid mapping strengthens the surveillance of NTDs. It can be used to scale down mass drug administration (MDA) programs and propel efforts to move into surveillance, helping to ensure that the gains made through MDA are sustained.
AIM supports integrated planning and community health at all levels and is aligned with WHO’s global emphasis on integrating disease programs and building effective, scalable, and affordable models to address NTDs.
The AIM Initiative has the potential to revolutionize NTD case management to benefit the more than 40 million people suffering from lifelong disabilities caused by NTDs such as leprosy, Buruli ulcer, lymphatic filariasis and yaws, as well as the other 60 million people at risk of these diseases. Donors who join the AIM Initiative will have a unique opportunity to participate in a growing collaboration to create resilient health systems and provide millions of marginalized people with access to quality health care. AIM offers a transformative approach to unleash the potential of communities to reclaim their health and build productive futures.
Why Invest in AIM?
AIM helps target services, improve disease control and generate returns quickly. There are many reasons to invest, but here are just a few of the primary ones.
Cost-effective, rapid mapping.
Maps are produced by aggregating data of NTD cases and related morbidity, allowing us to pinpoint where services are needed at 1/5 the cost of lengthy surveys. AIM pinpoints the need and targets health access which in turn, improves early case detection, decreases costs for active case detection, and ultimately, reduces the time it takes to get necessary health services to those affected by NTDs.
Strengthened health systems under local government leadership.
AIM offers a low-cost approach that is built upon and strengthens existing data collection mechanisms and reproducible across different countries and diseases to help target interventions and reduce morbidity. Plus, because the mapping methodology is driven by routine surveillance data, maps can easily be produced time and time again—on an annual, quarterly or periodic basis, complementing the existing national health management information system and planning for improved health system responsiveness.
Targeted and integrated care.
Using data for existing cases and morbidity, we can compile country, district and even village-level maps quickly. Then, we can begin to target and integrate care of multiple NTDs requiring case management. With integrated care, more people will be reached with each dollar as a single skilled health worker can respond to a variety of health conditions in their community.
Single solution for multiple diseases.
With integrated care, AIM helps to reduce the impact of NTDs that often affect multiple generations within the same family and multiple NTDs that can impact the life of one person. Long term, AIM can help break the cycle of poverty and disease that locks families into lives of neglect and isolation.