We are accountable to the people living in countries where LF is endemic as well as to our donors and other agencies such as WHO.
Tracking activities and progress through monitoring and evaluation is an essential part of programme implementation as is the need to provide timely, accurate and relevant information. CNTD monitors and evaluates activities at every stage of implementation and support project countries to develop expertise and systems in M & E.
A country’s progress towards elimination of LF is measured by the number of people treated within areas that are at risk of the disease. During treatment campaigns, national programmes are required to collect and analyse information so that they can accurately report their progress to their own government as well as to WHO. This information is used to inform decisions on continuation or stopping of MDA and to improve project/programme performance. We support our project countries to record their data accurately, we train staff and community volunteers in data collection methods and independently verify the coverage of drug campaigns. If coverage is low, we work with a national team to identify the cause and plan for remedial action.
During the cycle of treatment campaigns, surveys are carried out to assess whether endemicity levels are reducing and we support the national programmes to collect, analyse and report these data.
We also provide opportunities for stakeholder feedback, especially from those who are direct beneficiaries of the programme, e.g. we survey community drug distributors during their training and LF patients suffering from lymphoedema and hydrocele before and after their treatment. Feedback is used to inform future activities as well as a measure of impact on communities as a whole.
LSTM has a policy of global access and wherever possible, publishes the results and findings of projects at the soonest opportunity, to ensure the widest dissemination of information and knowledge. We support and encourage our colleagues in project countries to publish and disseminate knowledge and share experiences and lessons learnt.
LSTM also has an institutional repository which is freely accessible to partners and the public, where project outputs such as reviews, reports and publications are available free of charge.