Neglected tropical diseases

Global Partners Meeting on Neglected Tropical Diseases

WHO headquarters, Geneva, 19 April 2017

The World Health Organization (WHO) will host its 2nd global partners’ meeting on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) on 19 April 2017.

Besides celebrating a decade of unwavering multi-stakeholder collaboration, the event will also mark the 5th anniversary of the WHO NTD Roadmap which established targets and milestones for the global control, elimination and eradication of many of these diseases towards 2020 and that of the London Declaration, endorsed by a group of partners to support the Roadmap’s elimination targets for ten diseases.

The meeting will also launch the fourth WHO NTD Report which assesses accelerated progress during the past five years and what is needed to reach the 2020 Roadmap targets. The report also makes the case for mainstreaming NTDs in the global public health and development agenda towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

WHO looks forward to welcoming new actors to further support and sustain the current drive in scaling up the control, elimination and eradication of these diseases by integrating NTD interventions into national health systems and implementing cross-sectoral approaches to achieve universal health coverage for NTDs.

The meeting will:

    • highlight that almost a billion people were treated in 2015 alone;
    • acknowledge overall progress achieved over the past five years;
    • recognize those countries on track to achieving the 2020 targets;
    • identify further measures needed to reach the 2020 milestones;
    • highlight further evidence needed to define post-2020 targets;
    • advocate for enhanced investments by endemic countries to address NTDs.

Increased donations of essential medicines, targeted funding by international developmental agencies and private foundations, and the domestic financing of NTD programmes by endemic countries are drastically improving the quality of life of millions, worldwide.

Inroads are being made to achieve the 2020 target of elimination as a public health problem of diseases such as human African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness), visceral leishmaniasis in the Indian subcontinent, leprosy1 , lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis), rabies and trachoma.

With the commitment and the unfaltering support of informal partners, more and more countries are implementing WHO recommendations to achieve intensified control of Buruli ulcer and Chagas disease and also for dengue, soil-transmitted helminthiases and onchocerciasis.

While dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease) is on the verge of eradication2 , WHO is prioritizing discussions for the donation of oral azithromycin – crucial to achieving the global eradication of yaws.

1In countries with pockets of high endemicity
2Total number of cases for 2016 is 25 (provisional)

Provisional agenda

09:30–12:00 : Commemorative sessions
    • Short video presentation of the Fourth WHO Report on Neglected Tropical Diseases
    • Formal launch of the Fourth WHO Report by the WHO Director-General
    • Moderated session with addresses by high-level invitees, panel discussions on “achievements” and “future perspectives” with the participation of the audience.
12:00–13:00: Lunch break
13:00–16:30: Thematic sessions
    • Action required to reach the 2020 Roadmap targets and “end the epidemic” of NTDs by 2030 (SDG target 3.3)
    • Health system strengthening and intersectoral collaboration to achieve Universal Health Coverage for NTDs in the global 2030 development agenda
    • Domestic financing for NTD interventions
17:00–20:00: Reception


  • 2015 – NTD interventions reach almost a billion of the poorest people
  • 2013 – WHO’s decision making body – the World Health Assembly – passes Resolution 66.12 calling on countries to accelerate interventions to eliminate NTDs
  • 2012 – WHO publishes the NTD Roadmap with 2015 and 2020 targets. Inspired by the Roadmap, partners endorse the London Declaration committing renewed support to eliminating 10 NTDs.
  • 2010 – WHO publishes its first global NTD Report, triggering renewed and additional medicine and in-kind donations.
  • 2008 – WHO publishes its ‘Global Plan to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases 2008 – 2015.
  • 2007 – WHO hosts the First Global Partners’ Meeting, heralding a close multi-stakeholder collaboration.