ITI is a program of The Task Force for Global Health.
Following reports of TT in the region, the Colombian Ministry of Health conducted trachoma prevalence surveys in the Vaupes department in 2012. Vaupes is in South Eastern Colombia and shares borders with Brazil along the Amazon forest. It is a region with majority indigenous populations, characterized by high rates of poverty and a weak health systems infrastructure. Trachoma MDAs began in Vaupes in 2012 and were later followed up with mapping using the GTMP platform in the neighboring provinces of
Amazonas, Caqueta, Guainia, Guaviare, Putumayo, and Vichada. While Caqueta and Putumayo were found to have TF under the 5% threshold, survey results indicate the need for at least three rounds of MDA in Amazonas, Guainia, and Vichada and one round of MDA in Guaviare.
Trachoma is included in the 2013-2017 national NTD plans and programming objectives include all components of SAFE. All activities are supported by local health departments with technical oversight provided by the National Ministry of Health.
The departments of Amazonas, Guainia, and Guaviare will have begun MDAs in 2017, and Vichada will begin MDAs in 2018.
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