The UK Coalition Against NTDs join forces to advance the agenda 5 Years OnMonday, 20 Feb 2017
The World Health Organisation’s road map on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and the London Declaration on NTDs is marking their 5th anniversary this year.
In support of this anniversary, the Centre for Neglected Tropical Diseases (CNTD) and the COUNTDOWN programme from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) have collaborated with other NTD organisations in the UK to highlight the progress made so far in tackling NTDs.
COUNTDOWN and CNTD have worked with organisations such as Sightsavers, Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Mott MacDonald, to create a document summarising all their programmes and progress so far. This will be presented at the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) meeting on NTDs taking place on Tuesday, 21st February 2017 in London, as part of the celebrations of the London Declaration and ahead of the WHO NTD Summit taking place in Geneva 19 – 22 April 2017.
LSTM’s input will certainly help identify the gaps that need to be filled in the fight against NTDs as highlighted in the London Declaration.
CNTD is supporting Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) programmes in 10 African and 2 Asian countries which include: Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Tanzania and Zambia. In 2016 alone, CNTD treated 33.8million people with preventative chemotherapy for LF, and have supported patients affected by the clinical manifestations of the disease through hydrocele surgery and lymphoedema management.
COUNTDOWN brings together neglected tropical disease researchers, policy makers, practitioners and implementation research specialists, from the UK, USA, Ghana, Cameroon, Liberia, and Nigeria to generate knowledge about the realities of increasing the reach of NTD treatment in different contexts. Through implementation research COUNTDOWN will investigate the effective, cost-effective, sustainable and acceptable current and complementary strategies for scale-up. COUNTDOWN is working on research to identify factors that influence acceptance, efficiency, and equity impact of scale-up within the health system.
As we approach 2020, it becomes more pressing for us to achieve those ambitious goals we set out in 2012. This celebration provides room to reflect on the past five years and increase the impetus to reach the benchmarks we set out to achieve.