Neglected tropical diseases

Events and Meetings already held

April

Eighth meeting of the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Neglected Tropical Diseases
Date: 21–22 April 2015 | Geneva
Venue: WHO/HQ Salle D
This year’s agenda features progress in achieving Roadmap targets and increased domestic investments targets as developed in the latest WHO report on neglected tropical diseases.

March

Production of a handbook on vector surveillance and control at ports, airports and ground crossings
Date: 24–26 March 2015
Venue: WHO HQ, Room M405, Geneva, Switzerland
Participants will review contents of a handbook on vector surveillance and control at ports, airports and ground crossings. This handbook aims at assisting public health authorities at Points of Entry in strengthening core capacities and to manage vector surveillance and control programmes.

Meeting on control of Buruli ulcer
Date: 23–25 March 2015
Venue: Executive Board Room, WHO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland
The meeting will review the epidemiological situation in countries where Buruli ulcer is occurring. Around 150 participants attending this year’s meeting will share information activities relating to Buruli ulcer control, research and evaluate achievements. The meeting will also discuss current coordination of control strategy and will look at control and research priorities for the next two years.

Coordination meeting - National focal points for human African trypanosomiasis
Date: 10–13 March 2015
Venue: Yaoundé, Cameroon
Participants will review disease epidemiology and analyse implementation plans for 2015. Coordination of WHO support to countries will be evaluated and the implementation of an integrated surveillance system discussed.

February

Consultative bi-regional meeting on visceral leishmaniasis (VL) control strategies and epidemiological situations in East Africa
Date: 24–26 February 2015
Venue: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Discussions will include progress and challenges for implementation of VL control strategies in WHO’s NTD roadmap context. The meeting will also look at the AmBisome donation programme implementation and assess needs for coming years.

Global launch of the Third WHO Report on Neglected Tropical Diseases
Date: 19 February 2015 – Time: 15:00 GMT
Venue: A simultaneous launch of the Report, Investing to overcome the global impact of neglected tropical diseases will take place at The Royal Society, London, United Kingdom United Nations Conference Centre, Addis Ababa
This third report analyses for the first time the investments needed to achieve the targets of the WHO Roadmap and universal coverage against NTDs by 2030.It stresses that countries must make firm and sustainable budgetary commitments to address social and health inequities in a fast changing landscape. It argues that existing strategies need to conform to gradual changes taking place at global level and the overall development in emerging economies.

Kala azar elimination programme Partner’s Meeting
Date: 10–11 February 2015
Venue: WHO-HQ Salle D, Geneva, Switzerland
Participants will review progress and challenges regarding implementation of kala azar elimination in the WHO South-east Asia region. A review of specific activities, contribution and engagement of partners to favour a harmonized and coordinated implementation of interventions will also be conducted.

January

10th Meeting of the International Commission for the Certification of Dracunculiasis Eradication (ICCDE)
Date: 14–15 January 2015
Venue: Room: M 105, WHO HQ, Geneva
The commission will examine Ghana’s claim of achieving dracunculiasis free status and recommend to the Director-General whether it can be certified free of dracunculiasis. Since its establishment in 1995 until December 2013, the ICCDE has recommended to WHO the certification of 197 countries, territories and areas (belonging to 185 Member States).

Scientific Expert Group Meeting on Guinea Worm eradication
Venue: WHO HQ, Room 105
Date: 12–15 January 2015
Worms that are morphologically indistinguishable from those found in humans have been discovered in dogs in Chad. Experts will gather to analyse this unusual pattern of transmission and make appropriate recommendations to WHO.

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