Neglected tropical diseases

From left to right: Mr K. Annan, Kofi Annan Foundation - Dr M. Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization - Mr B. Gates, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Global resolve to end neglected tropical diseases amid unprecedented progress

19 April 2017 | Geneva ––More than US$ 800 million dollars in new funding have been pledged by governments, partners, philanthropists and industry to defeat neglected tropical diseases.

The announcement came during the WHO-hosted Global Partners Meeting on 19 April 2017 and attended by health ministers, industry representatives, partners and a host of well-known personalities, including philanthropists, donors and stakeholders.

Left to right: Mr K. Annan, Kofi Annan Foundation - Dr M. Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization - Mr B. Gates, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

WHO Global Partners Meeting on Neglected Tropical Diseases

19 April 2017 | Geneva -- The World Health Organization (WHO) is hosting a Global Partners Meeting on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs).

The event, which is also launching the Fourth WHO Report on Neglected Tropical Diseases, is recognizing achievements of the past decade, sustain support towards the 2020 WHO Roadmap targets, and call on partners to facilitate availability of resources needed beyond 2020.
Representatives of Member States, donor agencies, foundations, the private sector, academia and stakeholders are attending the meeting.

United Kingdom government commits to protect over 200 million people from NTDS over the next five years

17 April 2017 | Geneva| London, U.K
Britain will more than double its support to tackle neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) over the next five years. This will mean a billion treatments for people at risk.
Britain is already leading the way in fighting these diseases through its Department for International Development (DfID) and the total package of investment for implementation over the next 5 years is £360M (approximately US$449 million).

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Mme Kamazoue Abatan, food vendor; she is a beneficiary of early diagnosis and prompt treatment.

Togo: first country in sub-Saharan Africa to eliminate lymphatic filariasis

8 April 2017 | Geneva | Brazaville –– The World Health Organization (WHO) has added Togo to a growing list of countries that have recently eliminated lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem.

Togo becomes the first sub-Saharan country to have achieved this global target established by the 50th World Health Assembly.

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Marshall Islanders triumph against lymphatic filariasis

30 March 2017 | Manil | Geneva −− The World Health Organization (WHO) today acknowledged the Republic of the Marshall Islands in eliminating lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem.

The success in the Marshall Islands comes as another needed example that elimination as a public health problem can be achieved – an important message for the 66 countries still working towards this goal.

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WHO Executive Board requests resolution on a comprehensive approach to global vector control

3 February 2017 | Geneva –– The 140th session of the WHO Executive Board has requested the World Health Assembly for a resolution on a comprehensive approach to global vector control.

It follows a review of a draft Global Vector Control Response (GVCR) 2017–2030 on 28 January. The GVCR aims to provide strategic guidance to countries to preventing diseases and responding to outbreaks.

WHO NTD Roadmap implementation – partners celebrate five years of collaboration

30 January 2017 | Geneva –– Multi-stakeholders today kicked-off the fifth anniversary of the London Declaration with a call for continued investment and an expansion of the partnership with WHO to defeat neglected tropical diseases.

In 2012, leaders of several health and development organizations and industry signed the London Declaration to collectively support the achievement of the WHO 2020 targets.

WHO calls for early detection, intensified efforts to eliminate leprosy

27 January 2017 | Geneva –– The World Health Organization (WHO) urges countries to scale-up interventions with a focus to avoid transmission of leprosy . An intensified, all-inclusive approach can prevent thousands of infections every year.

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