African Institute for Health and Development (AIHD) has been championing the fight against Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in Africa and Globally. AIHD in partnership with a group of experienced researchers from Ghana (Dodowa Health Research Center), Uganda (Ministry of Health) and Cote d’Ivoire (Ministry of Health) and financed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through the NTD Support Center at the Task Force for Global Health- USA, has been conducting research that aims to consolidate the research and knowledge related to CDDs (Community Drug Distributors) working in the NTD program, filling in the gaps of understanding in this area through primary research.
The study will identify which incentives are most accepted by CDDs, which are proven to have positive impacts on program outcomes and which are shown to be cost effective. Furthermore, this research will assess how the introduction of new treatment therapies might affect current motivation and CDD performance, providing recommendations for their implementation. To this end, data collection activities in this phase of the study (Phase 1 ) has been ongoing in Uganda and Cote d’Ivoire.
AIHD under the representation of Dr. Mary Amuyunzu Nyamongo recently participated in a data review and study planning workshop held at Ghana’s University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS).