This country profile provides an overview of South Africa’s progress in reaching those in need of mass NTD treatment based on 2016 data.
NTD mass treatment coverage index: 3/100
Overall rank: Joint 33rd
The ESPEN portal (a World Health Organization AFRO region project) provides maps and district-level data for the preventive chemotherapy diseases in South Africa.
South Africa recommendations
These recommendations were given to heads of state at the African Union summit in January 2017 as part of the ALMA Scorecard for Accountability and Action.
- Given the high coverage of soil-transmitted helminths (STH) preventive chemotherapy (PC) already achieved, implement PC for schistosomiasis alongside STH, at least for school-aged children.
- Increase budget allocation for neglected tropical diseases at the national level.
- Provide timely data to the Expanded Special Project for Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (ESPEN) to enable monitoring and planning.
South Africa does not require mass treatment for lymphatic filariasis.
South Africa does not require mass treatment for onchocerciasis.
Treatment coverage remained the same at 0% in 2015 and 2016.
⬆ Treatment coverage increased from 0% in 2015 to 100% in 2016.
South Africa does not require mass treatment for trachoma.