What is COR-NTD?
Operational challenges arise as national programs strive to reach the targets established by the World Health Organization (WHO) for the control and elimination of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). The Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases (COR-NTD) is a multi-donor funded research consortium designed to support operational research to improve the effectiveness of NTD programs. We work with partners to design and support operational research that aligns research with programs' needs.
Supported research focuses principally on five NTDs targeted by mass drug administration (MDA) -- lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, soil-transmitted helminthiasis, schistosomiasis, and trachoma.
Research questions addressed include: How do we improve the effectiveness of MDA? How do we optimize disease-specific assessments and surveillance? How can we accelerate progress to reach elimination goals?
To answer these and other questions, COR-NTD-supported projects are conducted collaboratively by researchers, working with program implementers and their partners, to generate research outcomes that inform program implementation and monitoring and evaluation strategies.