Introduction NTD Morbidity & Disability (NMD) Toolkit
NTDs affect more than a billion people worldwide. Many NTDs have disabling consequences. Well-known examples include leprosy, lymphatic filariasis, trachoma, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis and Buruli ulcer.
Data on disease complications and other aspects of disability among affected persons is vital for policy advocacy, fundraising, needs assessments, programme management, and intervention evaluation. There currently is an urgent need of more data on disease complications and other aspects of disability among affected persons. One reason for this current data gap is the lack of agreed instruments to assess the various aspects of NTD impairments.
The 'Disease Management, Disability and Inclusion (DMDI) Working Group' of the NTD NGO Network (NNN), has developed a toolkit with instruments that enables assessing the various aspects of NTD impairments. Because of the similarities in the aspects between NTDs, it is possible to use a cross-NTD toolkit for this purpose.They aimed to include existing instruments that have already been validated for other conditions, preferably in one or more NTD-endemic countries.
Although the NMD Toolkit will remain a dynamic work-in-progress, the tools that have been validated can already be used.
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