The COUNTDOWN consortium was formed in 2014 and is a research programme consortium funded by The Research in Medecine and Evidence Division (RED) of The Department for International Development (DFID).
Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) researchers, policy makers, practitioners and Implementation Research in Medecine (IR) specialists, from the UK, USA and Africa, have come together to generate knowledge about the realities of increasing the reach of NTD treatment, in different contexts.
To do this, we will conduct research in three African countries. Each country reflects a different level of health expenditure, diversity in disease ecologies and NTD skills, experience and programme implementation:
Liberia - Early stages
Cameroon - Intermediate stages
Ghana - Late stages
By focusing our research on different contexts, including complex ones where there is conflict and/or unstable social and environmental conditions, we will generate transferable knowledge that can help improve NTD programmes in other countries.
In the latter stages of our programme, we will use our findings to help develop a scale-up NTD programme in Nigeria, where there is a high prevalence of NTDs.