Neglected tropical diseases

Events and Meetings already held

March

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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