About The COUNTDOWN Research Consortium

The COUNTDOWN consortium was formed in 2014 and is a research programme consortium funded by The Research and Evidence Division (RED) of The Department for International Development (DFID). 

Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) researchers, policy makers, practitioners and Implementation Research specialists, from the UK, USA and Africa, have come together to generate knowledge about the realities of increasing the reach of NTD treatment, in different contexts. 

To do this, we will conduct research in four African countries. Each country reflects a different level of health expenditure, diversity in disease ecologies and NTD skills, experience and programme implementation: 

Liberia - Early stages

Cameroon - Intermediate stages

Ghana - Late stages  

Nigeria - Late stages

By focusing our research on different contexts, including complex ones where there is conflict and/or unstable social and environmental conditions, we will generate transferable knowledge that can help improve NTD programmes in other countries.