17 May 2013 | Geneva
The Sixty-sixth session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) opens in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday 20 May 2013
About 3000 delegates are expected at this year’s session which runs until 28 May 2013.
The agenda for this year includes a draft resolution on all 17 neglected tropical diseases.
In January 2013, the Executive Board, meeting in Geneva, recommended to the Sixty-sixth Health Assembly – WHO’s decision-making body – to adopt a resolution on all 17 neglected tropical diseases.
New phase in fight against NTDs heralds universal access to health interventions for world’s poorest
Sustained commitment key to reaching eradication and elimination targets by 2020
16 January 2013 | Geneva
The World Health Organization’s second report on neglected tropical diseases published today highlights unprecedented progress during the past two years.
Renewed momentum has shifted the world closer to eliminating many of these conditions that take their greatest toll among the poor, thanks to a new global strategy, a regular supply of quality-assured, cost-effective medicines and support from global partners. | More
Neglected tropical diseases: “a rags-to-riches story”
Best days for public health are ahead of us, says WHO Director-General
21 May 2012 | Geneva
The Sixty-fifth session of the World Health Assembly took place in Geneva in May 2012.
In her address to the Sixty-fifth World Health Assembly on 21 May 2012 WHO’s Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan, stressed the importance of national ownership and leadership in bringing neglected tropical diseases “from obscurity into the limelight”.
WHO roadmap inspires unprecedented support to defeat neglected tropical diseases
Historic meeting endorses London Declaration
03 February 2012 | Geneva
The publication of a roadmap that lays out the vision for ending the misery caused by neglected tropical diseases has inspired public and private partners to unite in the fight against some of the most devastating diseases.
WHO Director-General, who addressed a meeting at the Royal College of Physicians in London on Monday 30 January 2012 spoke of the historic opportunity presented by the roadmap to accelerate work to overcome neglected tropical diseases.
- New trial confirms effectiveness of single-dose oral antibiotic, boosting prospects for yaws eradication
- In a historical first, WHO records zero cases of dracunculiasis in January
- WHO’s Executive Board recommends resolution on all 17 neglected tropical diseases
- WHO renews efforts to achieve global eradication of yaws by 2020
- Human dog-mediated-rabies: strengthening capacity and raising awareness are crucial for elimination
- Dengue cases in Madeira, Portugal
- Schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiases: more than 9 million people treated in Yemen