Tailoring mass drug administration to context: implementation research is critical in achieving equitable progress in the control and elimination of helminth neglected tropical diseases in sub-Saharan Africa
AUTHOR(S) Laura Dean, Samantha Page, Kate Hawkins, Russell Stothard, Rachael Thomson, Samuel Wanji Margaret, Gyapong Ifeoma Anagbogu, David Molyneux and Sally Theobald
The concept of a technological quick fix or ‘magic-bullet’ for control and elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) is flawed. NTDs are embedded within complex biological and social systems that are shaped by ecological and political contexts. This commentary emphasises the need for implementation research to address implementation gaps in the control of NTDs. With a specific focus on sub-Saharan Africa and helminth diseases amenable to preventive chemotherapy through mass drug administration, we explore the important role of context, programme partnerships and community in achieving equitable and effective NTD control.