WHO Roadmap for Neglected Tropical Diseases

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Malaria & Neglected Tropical Diseases
Launch of the Neglected Tropical Diseases Report
London, 6th November 2012
WHO Roadmap
for Neglected Tropical Diseases
Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases
World Health Organization, Geneva
Neglected Tropical Diseases common features
A proxy for poverty and disadvantage
Affect populations with low visibility and little
political voice
Do not travel widely
Cause stigma and discrimination, especially of girls
and women
Have an important impact on morbidity
and mortality
Are relatively neglected by research
Can be controlled, prevented and possibly
eliminated using effective and feasible solutions
Ethical duty
WHO report on neglected tropical diseases (2010)
The report focuses on 17 neglected tropical diseases and
disease groups. There are 149 countries and territories
where neglected tropical diseases are endemic, at least
100 of which are endemic for 2 or more of these diseases,
and 30 countries that are endemic for 6 or more
WHO recommends five public-health
strategies for the prevention and control of
neglected tropical diseases:
1. expansion of preventive chemotherapy;
2. intensified case-detection and case
3. improved vector control;
4. appropriate veterinary public health
5. provision of safe water, sanitation and
All of these examples, all of my personal experiences
over the past five years, bring me to one overarching
conclusion. Universal health coverage is the single
most powerful concept that public health has to offer.
Universal coverage is relevant to every person on this
planet. It is a powerful equalizer that abolishes
distinctions between the rich and the poor, the
privileged and the marginalized, the young and the
old, ethnic groups, and women and men.
Universal health coverage is the best way to cement
the gains made during the previous decade. It is the
ultimate expression of fairness. This is the anchor for
the work of WHO as we move forward.
Best days for public health are ahead of us, says WHO Director-General
Dr Margaret Chan
Director-General of the World Health Organization
Address to the Sixty-fifth World Health Assembly
Geneva, Switzerland
21 May 2012
A roadmap for implementation, January 2012
11 eradication and elimination targets
7 intensified control targets
By 2015 and 2020
“This roadmap represents the next step forward
in relieving and, in many cases, finally ending
the vast misery caused by these ancient diseases
of poverty.
Working together in an innovative, flexible and
cost-effective way,
Private sector, Public sector, Partners …
outside any formally structured partnership.”
Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General, World
Health Organization
The NTD Roadmap was presented at a
meeting on "Uniting to combat neglected
tropical diseases: ending the neglect and
reaching 2020 goals" with representatives
of several Member States, Dr Margaret
Chan, Mr Bill Gates and the CEOs of 9
pharmaceutical companies.
London Declaration on Neglected Tropical
Diseases was endorsed during the meeting.
The key role of drug donations and Private sector commitment
Drugs are donated for treatment, but what good do they do if cases are detected too late?
Understanding this, the company donating the drugs also gives WHO the funds needed to support active screening….
Industry commitment continues because my staff took the company’s CEO and senior executives on a field trip to Africa last month.
These executives saw the people, the illness, the lumbar punctures under the mango trees, the cases detected, and the medicines
given. Seeing the people, being eye-to-eye with their misery, has great power to motivate the right kind of public-private
Results build trust, and with trust, commitment escalates.
Best days for public health are ahead of us, says WHO Director-General
Dr Margaret Chan
Director-General of the World Health Organization
Address to the Sixty-fifth World Health Assembly
Geneva, Switzerland
21 May 2012
Partner and Country commitments
Inspired by theacknowledges
World Health Organization’s
The World Health Organization
the important contribution
2020 Roadmap on NTDs, we believe there is a
of the United Kingdom
in Neglected
to control
or eliminate
at least 10 of these devastating diseases by
of thegenerous
decade. Drug Donating
base for some ofthe
 Home
 Home base for multiple implementing agencies (UK Coalition against NTDs)
without whom the donated drugs would not make it to the targeted populations
 DFID and USAID are the two major NTD Donor Countries
To highlight the commitment of countries, the
president of the WHA requested WHO DG to
present a WHO resolution on all NTDs to be
adopted at the next WHA in May 2013, with
the support of numerous Member States
Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of
WHO, and Professor Thérèse N’DriYoman, President of the Sixty-fifth World
Health Assembly, at a technical briefing
Thank you

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