Sunday, 5 January 2020

Neglected Tropical Diseases - spotlight on 2020

2020 is a defining year for the next, bolder phase of efforts to combat NTDs. Dr. Mwele Malecela, WHO NTD Director states: “I was asked to speak today about WHO’s vision post-2020...but my main aim today is to talk of our shared vision. We would not be where we are today and would not have made the significant progress we have without the spirit of collaboration which I believe defines our NTD community.” In 2020, NNN members will champion a new ambitious WHO NTD Roadmap 2021 - 2030, underpinned by cross-cutting approaches.

New from the Neglected Tropical Diseases Network.

Over the last decade, NNN members have worked together to make significant contributions to global progress on combating NTDs. The NNN successfully championed the inclusion of an indicator on NTDs in the SDG framework. In 2016 the NNN launched its BEST (Behaviour, Environment, Social inclusion, Treatment & Care) framework, which sets out the NTD community’s commitment to forging new partnerships and working across sectors to ensure equity and inclusion in efforts needed to reach control, elimination, and eradication targets for NTDs. In 2019, the NNN’s WASH working group partnered with the World Health Organization to publish a collaboration toolkit, WASH and health working together: A ‘how-to’ guide for Neglected Tropical Disease Programmes. It provides NTD programme managers and partners with practical guidance to build and deliver multi-sectoral partnerships and action.

With over 70 members worldwide, the NNN is a forum for partners working together to improve health for the world's poorest populations and build a brighter future for all people.

Posted by Dr. Tim Sandle, Pharmaceutical Microbiology Resources (

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