A main tactic for treating neglected tropical diseases is a strategy called "school-based mass drug administration". Essentially, there are areas where the prevalence of a disease like intestinal worms or schistosomiasis is so high that treating every student in a school is the most effective way to control the disease. When COVID-19 shut down most schools in 2020, this became more difficult. Community health workers like Tibeltalech Kifle needed to protect communities from COVID-19 and treat students for NTDs. It was an enormous task, but they were essential to keeping their communities safe.