ESPEN is a WHO project created in the spirit of a public-private partnership with the ultimate goal of accelerating the elimination of five PC-NTDs in Africa. Since its launch in May 2016, ESPEN works with domestic and international partners to leverage US$17.8 billion in drug donations from pharmaceutical companies to expand coverage and access to treatments, strengthen health systems and provide Universal health coverage of interventions against PC NTDs in Africa until we reach final elimination of these devastating diseases.
ESPEN’s goal will be achieved through the following four objectives:
- Scale up treatments towards the achievement of 100% geographical coverage
- Scale down: Stopping treatments once transmission has been interrupted or control achieved
- Strengthen information systems for evidence-based action
- Improve the effective use of donated medicines through enhancing supply chain management
The ESPEN Portal is an electronic platform designed to enable health ministries and stakeholders to share, and exchange subnational programme data, in support of the NTD control and elimination goals.
Through this Portal, ESPEN illustrates, in the form of maps, site and district-level data that can be aggregated by disease and country. These maps, along with the downloadable underlying data, are tools to aid health officials and their partners in boosting and developing NTD interventions and strategies to reach key targeted communities.
ESPEN’s aims to equip all stakeholders with the evidence they need to successfully tackle each disease, mobilize resources more efficiently and target interventions appropriately.