Since 2008, NALA has been working to eradicate NTDs in Ethiopia. NALA’s experience on the ground has led to the development of a holistic model that empowers the community to take charge in promoting behavior change among community members and in improving access to WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene). NALA works with the local community to identify obstacles, map existing infrastructure and community networks, and design and implement locally-based solutions that have resulted in a measurable reduction in the prevalence of NTDs.
As a result of NALA's successful programs for disease reduction with its community engagement model, the Ethiopian Ministry of Health invited NALA to provide support to the National NTD Elimination Program. As one of the main pillars of support, NALA works to increase intersectoral coordination with water and education ministries on a national scale (federal level to ground level) for reducing NTD prevalence and achieving overall improvement in health conditions of rural communities.