NEGLECTED TROPICAL DISEASES PROGRAM IN ETHIOPIA, PROGRESS AND CHALLENGES
Ethiopia is one of the global success stories of public health, with the country having achieved most of the health Millennium Development Goals (MDG) (1). Led by long term health development plans, the country has created a resilient health system which responds to the health needs of its citizens (2). Despite this remarkable progress, communicable diseases, including neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), remain one of the major public health problems posing challenges to the country’s effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) (3). In order to address these critically important challenges, the Health Sector Transformation Plan (HSTP) identified the NTDs as a priority public health problem (2,3). While progress to date is encouraging, the national program should enhance its focus on NTDs in order to achieve the 2020 goal of eliminating these diseases. The studies presented in this Special Issue provide details on the progress made and challenges encountered so far on the road to 2020 and provide perspectives on the way ahead.
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