In order to stay well informed in all key areas of Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) expertise, COUNTDOWN collaborates closely with a substantial network of contacts in the NTD community, including funders, drug companies, academic and research institutions, ministries of health, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and policy stakeholders. You can find out more about them, including links to their websites, below. Further details on the people working on COUNTDOWN can be found on Our Team page.

Our partner list includes:




Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) LSTM was the first institution in the world dedicated to the fight against tropical diseases. It works in more than sixty countries using innovation and research to improve the health of the world's poorest people.

Family Health International (FHI 360) FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organisation dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions.

Liberia Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) The Liberia MOHSW is responsible for administering governmental activities concerning the protection and improvement of public health and social welfare. This includes the promotion and conduct of research in the prevention and treatment of diseases hazardous to the public health.

Ghana Ministry of Health (MOH) and Ghana Health Service The Ghana MOH aims to improve the health status of all people living in Ghana, thereby "creating wealth through health" and contributing to the Government's vision of transforming Ghana into a middle-income country by 2015.

The Water Research Institute (WRI) is one of the 13 institutes of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). It was formed in 1996 from the merger of the Institute of Aquatic Biology and the Water Resources Research Institute. WRI has a mandate to conduct research into water and related resources. WRI generates and provides scientific information, strategies and services toward the rational development, utilization and management of the water resources of Ghana in support of the socio–economic advancement of the country, especially in the agriculture, health, industry, energy, transportation, education and tourism sectors.

Dodowa Health Research Centre: is a multidisciplinary qualitative research centre based in Ghana that focuses on finding solutions to priority health care challenges and improve global health.

University of Buea The University of Buea provides opportunities for quality education through teaching and research in an environment that is conducive to such pursuits and in ways that respond to market forces. The University is dedicated to the continuous quest for excellence, the promotion of moral and human values, and service to the community. Its teaching and research programmes emphasize relevance, encourage tolerance and promote creative, critical and independent thinking.

Cameroon Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) The Cameroon MOPH is pursuing vigorous policies and strategies for improving all public health services in Cameroon. Minister of Public Health, André Mama Fouda strongly believes that laboratory medicine leads to better patient management, disease surveillance, and innovations that improve healthcare delivery, and therefore is committed to implementing and rolling out Strengthening Laboratory Management toward Accreditation (SLMTA).

Centre for Schistosomiasis and Parasitology (CSP) CSP plays an influential role in research, disease prevention and control for schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminths in Cameroon, translating its unique expertise into action to improve the health of those who need it most.

Sightsavers is collaborating with COUNTDOWN in Nigeria, conducting operational research.The outcome of the research will provide the evidence needed for policy change and enhancing coordination and programme delivery. Sightsavers is a UK registered charity that works in more than 30 countries to eliminate avoidable blindness and support people with visual impairments to live independently.

The Nigeria Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) is the other partner for the COUNTDOWN project in Nigeria and is working together with Sightsavers to oversee the activities of COUNTDOWN at the Federal level. The NTDs Division within the FMoH overseas the NTD programmes across all the states in Nigeria both at the state and local government area levels. Healthcare delivery is under the jurisdiction of the FMoH which provides the medicines used during the Mass Administration of Medicines (MAMs) for NTDs. FMoH oversees promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative healthcare services in line with government policies and plans; regulates all private health establishments in line with state and national health policies.