Neglected tropical diseases

The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases Control (GNNTDC)

The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases Control (GNNTDC) embarks on the fight against diseases of the poor

For the first time, the neglected tropical disease community is coming together in a large-scale effort to integrate their parallel control programmes to make a rapid impact on the most prevalent neglected diseases that affect the world’s poorest populations – the 2.7 billion people living on less than US$2/day.

GNNTDC is a partnership formed in 2006 to raise the profile of neglected diseases and to stimulate a paradigm shift in neglected disease control efforts.

The major public-private partnerships devoted to disease-specific control have agreed to work together, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), to design an integrated drug administration platform that addresses seven of the neglected tropical diseases - trachoma (eye infections), soil-transmitted helminths (hookworm, Ascaris, Trichuris), onchocerciasis (river blindness), schistosomiasis (snail fever) and lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis). A synergistic approach will streamline operational activities, improve efficiency and will ensure that the priority health needs of impoverished communities in the lowest-income countries are met.

Ridding the developing world of these ancient afflictions means providing affected populations with the means to enhance local economies, to access education, to eradicate poverty and to build sustainable economies and a roadmap to achieve this.

More information about GNNTDC is available on www.GNNTDC.org