Division of International Strategy International Collaborative Research Program for Tackling the NTDs (Neglected Tropical Diseases) Challenges in African countries


Key Fields Other programs(1st)
R&D phase Basic Study, Applied Study, Nonclinical Study/Pre-clinical Study, Clinical Research
Office of International Collaboration, Division of International Strategy, Department of International Strategy, AMED
TEL: +81-3-6870-2210
E-mail: africa-ntds”at”amed.go.jp(Replace”at”with @)

This program will be implemented at universities and other research institutes both in Japan and African countries to achieve the goal of controlling NTDs. The program covers research and development in the medical and public hygiene fields, including from basic research to the establishment of methods for diagnosis, surveillance, prevention, drug discovery and treatment. It also includes research on proposing policies and operations, such as a public-hygiene system to control NTDs, based on the results of the aforementioned research and development. During these activities, through close cooperation at local sites, centers for international joint research and cooperative activities will be established to help local researchers continue and extend their efforts over a long period. These centers are also expected to provide training and education to prospective young African researchers with the aim of contributing to innovation in Africa.

Twenty infectious diseases* designated by the World Health Organization as neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), which must be controlled by humankind.

* Buruli ulcer; Chagas disease; Dengue and Chikungunya; Dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease); Echinococcosis; Foodborne trematodiases; Human African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness); Leishmaniasis; Leprosy (Hansen's disease); Lymphatic filariasis; Mycetoma, chromoblastomycosis and other deep mycoses; Onchocerciasis (river blindness); Rabies; Scabies and other ectoparasites; Schistosomiasis; Soil-transmitted helminthiases; Snakebite envenoming; Taeniasis/Cysticercosis; Trachoma; Yaws (Endemic treponematoses).

International Collaborative Research Program for Tackling the NTDs

Implementing Body

Title of Research and Development Establishment of the model for controlling neglected tropical diseases based on the development of rapid diagnostic methods and risk analysis
Representative institutions Teikyo University
Principal Investigator SUZUKI Koichi
Foreign representative institutions(Country) Raoul Follereau Institute(Cote d'Ivoire
Summary of research and development Buruli ulcer (BU) is one of the major skin-related neglected tropical diseases (skin NTDs) with a considerable gap in its disease control. In this project, we partner with Côte d’Ivoire, one of the countries with the highest BU burden in the world to achieve the following research and development goals:
1. Development of rapid diagnostic tools for BU
2. Molecular epidemiological study using portable sequencer
3. System development and enhancement of surveillance for BU and other skin NTDs
4. Development of patient management package

Results Report

Management Framework

PS(Program Supervisor)
  • WATANABE Haruo, M.D., Ph.D., Chairman, KUROZUMI Medical Foundation
PO(Program Officer)
  • NISHIGAKI Takashi, Ph.D., Former Area Adviser, Department for Science and Technology Program Promotion, Japan Science and Technology Agency



Last updated 2021.4.30