Neglected tropical diseases

Events and Meetings already held


4th International Meeting on the Control of Neglected Zoonotic Diseases (NZDs): from advocacy to action
Date: 19–20 November 2014
Venue: Executive Board Room, WHO HQ, Geneva, Switzerland
Participants will discuss NZD control methods and ways to mobilize increased action to improve disease control. Successfully implemented projects will be analysed and control milestones to reach NTD roadmap targets identified. Ways to increase policy-makers’ and donors’ commitments will also be discussed.

Bi-Regional Meeting on Leishmaniasis to Strengthen Cross Border Collaboration for the Control of Leishmaniasis in Central Asian Countries (EUR) and Middle East Countries (EMR), WHO and Turkmenistan (TKM) Government
Date: 18–20 November 2014
Venue: Turkmenbashi, Turkmenistan


First WHO stakeholders meeting on rhodesiense human African trypanosomiasis control
Date: 20–22 October 2014
Venue: WHO HQ, Geneva, Switzerland
In March 2014, stakeholders met to discuss major progress in the control of gambiense human African trypanosomiasis, with a focus on elimination of the disease as a public health problem by 2020. However, the rhodesiense form remains a risk in terms of low-level endemic transmission, in focal outbreaks or potentially in epidemic form. The upcoming meeting will discuss ways of tackling rhodesiense HAT; coordinate efforts to fill scientific gaps; agree on the way forward for an appropriate and sustainable strategy and produce an advocacy and awareness document to engage inter-sectoral collaboration in endemic countries.


6th International Coordinating Group - WHO/Gates Foundation Funded Project for Human and Dog Rabies Elimination
Date: 22–24 September 2014
Venue: Durban, South Africa
The meeting will review the technical and financial aspects of the project which enters its sixth and final year. Participants will outline the plan of final activities and the launch of results at the end of the full project life-cycle.

9th Global Collaboration for the Development of Pesticides for Public health
Date: 9–10 September 2014
Venue: Geneva, Switzerland
Discussions will focus on insecticide resistance management covering a wide spectrum of disease vectors and review evidence of resistance in vectors of malaria, dengue, leishmaniasis, Chagas and other arboviral diseases. Potential options for tools and approaches to manage insecticide resistance will be discussed as well as the role partners can play in insecticide resistance management.


Strengthening Assessment of Lymphatic Filariasis Transmission and Documentation
Date: 27–29 August 2014
Venue: WHO Headquarters, Geneva
The meeting will address challenges in the field pertaining to assessment of transmission, use of the new test strip for Wuchereria bancrofti antigen and documentation that elimination targets have been achieved.

VII Reunión de la Iniciativa Intergubernamental de Vigilancia y Prevención de la Enfermedad de Chagas en la Amazonia (AMCHA)
Date: 27–29 August 2014
Venue: Río Branco, Estado de Acre, Brasil

Informal Working Group on Lymphatic Filariasis Morbidity Management and Disability Prevention
Venue: M605, WHO HQ, Geneva, Switzerland
Date: 25–26 August 2014
The meeting will review indicators for morbidity management and disability prevention (MMDP). Participants will also update the current MMDP toolkit at a time when countries begin to achieve a reduction in the prevalence of lymphatic filariasis due to continued preventive chemotherapy interventions.

WHO Consultation to determine and compare fabric strength of long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) round 2
Date: 20–22 August 2014
Venue: WHO Headquarters, Geneva Switzerland
Partners and participating manufacturers of insecticidal nets will review results of WHO laboratory tests on fabric strength and durability from certain field studies. These include tests on possible causes of wear and tear of nets.

3rd Regional Managers’ Meeting of National Programs for elimination of Blinding Trachoma
Date: 12–15 August 2014
Venue: Palmas, Tocantins, Brazil
Discussions will focus on how to better consolidate actions in endemic countries to achieve further progress toward elimination goals, as established in Resolution CD49.R19 , approved by the Directing Council of PAHO/WHO in 2009.


Building a framework for the control of taeniasis/neurocysticercosis
Date: 17–18 July 2014
Venue: WHO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland
The Informal Consultation is being organized in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
Experts from select countries and stakeholders are expected to formulate a framework for the control of taeniasis and cysticercosis and care management of neurocysticercosis in resource constrained endemic countries.
The meeting will also aim at developing pilot control strategies.


6th International Course on African Trypanosomiasis
Date: 9–27 June 2014
Venue: “Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale”, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
Jointly organized by WHO and the ‘Association against trypanosomiasis in Africa’ the aim is to provide training to health workers who lead elimination campaigns in the field. This course is a follow-up workshops held between 200 and 2009 in Marseilles, Lyon, Lisbon, Tunis and Nairobi.

Panel discussion – Water and sanitation 2014
Date: 19 June 2014
Venue: Brunei Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Organized by the International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases (ISNTD), the meeting will bring together stakeholders, researchers, non-governmental organizations and policy makers involved in the development of safe water, sanitation infrastructure and hygiene programmes for improved public health. More on Sanitation & Infrastructure for NTDs (ISNTD) Water event.


Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly
Date: 19–24 May 2014
Venue: World Health Organization and Palais of the United Nations
The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO. It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board. The main functions of the World Health Assembly are to determine the policies of the Organization, appoint the Director-General, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed programme budget.


Seventh meeting of the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Neglected Tropical Diseases
Date: 8–9 April 2014 | Geneva
Venue: WHO/HQ Salle B 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.

World Health Day 2014 – Vector-borne diseases
Date: 7 April 2014
Venue: Worldwide
Vectors are organisms that transmit pathogens and parasites from one infected person (or animal) to another, causing serious diseases in human populations. Vector-borne diseases account for 17% of the estimated global burden of all infectious diseases. The most deadly vector-borne disease, malaria, caused an estimated 627 000 deaths in 2012.


Informal working group to process backlog of country data for the regional programme review group (RPRG) for Neglected tropical diseases targeted by preventive chemothrapy in the African Region
Date: 30 March–04 April 2014
Venue: WHO HQ, Geneva, Switzerland
Discuss and agree on the structure of the country dossier for programme review by the RPRG and develop templates for each component of the country dossier.

Réunion de partenaires pour l’élimination de la trypanosomiase humaine Africaine en DRC
Date: 28 March 2014
Venue: WHO HQ, Geneva, Switzerland
Coordination of current technical, financial and logistical support by international partners to control and surveillance of human African trypanosomiasis in The Republic of The Congo will be discussed.

1st WHO stakeholders meeting on gambiense human African trypanosomiasis (HAT) elimination
Date: 25–27 March 2014
Venue: WHO HQ, Geneva, Switzerland
The meeting is expected to bring together stakeholders involved in various aspects of HAT control to ensure efficient coordination of activities to enhance disease elimination.

Consultation on Yaws Eradication
Date: 24–25 March 2014
Venue: Geneva, Switzerland
The meeting will review progress made in 2013 in Ghana, Indonesia, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu. It will also discuss scale-up of eradication activities in 2014.

18th review meeting of National Dracunculiasis
Date: 19–21 March 2014
Venue: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
The meeting will review current epidemiological status and eradication efforts in countries where indigenous cases were reported in 2013 and the implication on bordering areas.
Surveillance and response in the countries in pre-certification stage for their eventual certification as dracunculiasis free will also be reviewed.


Vector Control Advisory Group (VCAG)
Date: 10–14 February 2014
Venue: M505, WHO headquarters
Objective: The current session will review and assess the public health value of nine products. VCAG is an advisory body which fills an important gap in the screening of new tools for vector control and works closely with the WHO Programme for Pesticide Evaluation Scheme (WHOPES). It was jointly established by the Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases and the Global Malaria Programme.

The Preventive Chemotherapy and Transmission Control (PCT) unit of the Department has 4 meetings scheduled at WHO HQ from 17–21 February 2014. They are as follows:

17 February 2014
The meeting will discuss the epidemiology of soil-transmitted helminthiases and advances on the use of historical data for mapping and development of mathematical models predicting changes during control activities.

18 February 2014
Discussions of the 5th Meeting of NTD-Strategic and Technical Advisory Group (STAG) Expanded Working Group on Monitoring and Evaluation of Preventive Chemotherapy will focus on monitoring drug efficacy.

19 & 20 February 2014
The 5th meeting of NTD-STAG Expanded Working Group on Monitoring and Evaluation of Preventive Chemotherapy will discuss national programme needs and disease-specific indicators.

21 February 2014
The 5th Technical Review meeting of Preventive Chemotherapy Data will discuss how to improve data sharing and harmonization of reporting of epidemiological nature.


2nd Working Group on Capacity Strengthening
Date: 09–10 January 2014
Venue: WHO/HQ, Geneva
Discussion will focus on how to strengthen the capacity of national control programmes to accelerate scale-up of existing interventions towards meeting NTD Roadmap targets.

Past events and meetings