10th meeting of the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Neglected Tropical Diseases
The tenth meeting of the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Neglected Tropical Diseases (STAG) was held on 29–30 March 2017 at WHO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Discussions included:
- status, progress and challenges of NTD control;
- the Global Vector Control Response;
- assessment of dossiers for the potential inclusion of diseases in the NTD portfolio;
- gaps in disease elimination;
- eradication of dracunculiasis;
- convergence between NTD interventions, monitoring and data systems;
- update on the preparation for the Global Partners Meeting on Neglected Tropical Diseases scheduled for 19 April 2017.
Read the 2017 Report.
A systematic technically driven process for the adoption of additional diseases as NTDs
In January 2016, the 138th session of the WHO Executive Board requested the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group (STAG) for Neglected Tropical Diseases to develop a 'systematic, technically driven process for the adoption of additional diseases as NTDs.'
The proposed criteria for classifying a condition as an NTD and the process for review of the list of NTDs can be accessed here.
The STAG is the principal advisory group to WHO for the control of NTDs and reports directly to the Director-General of WHO. Its mandate is to advise WHO on overall global policies and strategies, ranging from monitoring of implementation to delivery and linkages with other health interventions. Its remit is to facilitate and monitor the coverage of control interventions and to provide WHO with high-quality, well considered advice and recommendations on matters described in its terms of reference.