The Expanded Special Project for Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (ESPEN) was established in May 2016 in the spirit of public-private partnership between WHO Regional Office for Africa (AFRO), Member States and NTD partners in an effort to mobilize political, technical and financial resources to accelerate the elimination of the five most prevalent Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs).


ESPEN's Mission
Accelerate the elimination of the 5 PC-NTDs to protect 600 million people in Africa.


The ESPEN Portal
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.