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Table 3 Examples of where other health and non-health sectors (private, public and not-for-profit) could synergize NTD efforts

From: Strategies supporting the prevention and control of neglected tropical diseases during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic

Sector Opportunities for synergies
Veterinary • Disease surveillance (clinical and laboratory)
• Field related logistics
• One Health initiative
Policy • Legislation
• Assigning and/or increasing programme budgets
• Streamlining financial flows to support effective supply chains
• Implement strategies to promote economic development of affected populations (e.g. micro enterprises, revolving funds, etc.)
Economic • Cost and feasibility studies
Marketing • Tap on private sector expertise and adapt to use in health programmes
Communication • Adapt private and public sector strategies
Pharmaceutical • In conjunction with national academia and other organizations (e.g. Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi)), support development of new drugs and diagnostics
Environmental • Programmes targeting sustainable environment protection actions to prevent severe environmental degradation in NTD areas
Information Technology (IT) • Integrated information systems
• Access to inter-sectoral data bases
• Geographic information systems
• New surveillance systems
Transportation • Private companies (e.g. beverage sector) support public health interventions
Malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS • Include NTDs in a repackaging of public health interventions
• Malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS benefit from integrated synergies
• NTDs benefit from high media profile of the three big ones
Agriculture • Encourage community development in NTD endemic areas by
 • enabling local produce and self-sufficiency;
 • organic farming;
 • assistance in placing produce in markets; and
 • One Health initiative
Education • Access to rural and marginalized population groups
• Sensitizing in health and environment topics
• Incorporating health into educational messages and curricula
Anthropology • Provide tools to enable integration of local cultural patterns into public health programmes
Psychology • Integrated mental health programmes relying on ethical and culturally sensitive tools supporting vulnerable populations
Development • Poverty alleviation programmes
• Capacity building in income generating activities
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