Research Themes

Mass Drug Administration in Uganda

The research efforts of the COUNTDOWN research consortium follow five themes: 

1. Consolidating Evidence

This theme will bring together all existing Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) literature in one consistent and convenient place. The aim is to make it simpler, clearer and faster for decision makers to find information. 

2. Social Sciences Approaches

COUNTDOWN is investigating how different factors within the health system help or hinder the scale-up of Mass Drug Administration (MDA) for NTDs. 

3. Health Economics

The health economics theme assesses the efficiency, fairness and value-for-money of NTD programmes by conducting household-level micro-economic surveys.

4. Integrating Complimentary Strategies

The integrating complimentary strategies theme recognises that the scale-up of MDA for NTDs alone is not enough to achieve the London Declaration 2020 targets. This theme will examine how additional strategies such as vector control, the provision of sanitation and hygiene, new tools, capacity building and better health awareness might accelerate progress toward these goals. 

5. Scale-up of treatment for Schistosomiasis and Soil Transmitted Helminths

COUNTDOWN examines how factors such as the expansion of MDA and the integration of community led total sanitation could help the rapid scale-up of treatment for snail fever and intestinal worms, which is required to achieve the 2020 targets. 

COUNTDOWN also has a strong focus on capacity development and communications and research uptake.