Neglected tropical diseases

WHO roadmap inspires unprecedented support to defeat neglected tropical diseases

03 February 2012 | Geneva
Historic meeting endorses London Declaration to eradicate, eliminate and intensify control of 17 selected diseases by 2015 and 2020.

The publication of a roadmap that lays out the vision for ending the misery caused by neglected tropical diseases has inspired public and private partners to unite in the fight against some of the most devastating diseases.

WHO Director-General, who addressed a meeting at the Royal College of Physicians in London on Monday 30 January 2012 spoke of the historic opportunity presented by the roadmap to accelerate work to overcome neglected tropical diseases.

"This historic meeting is unprecedented" said Dr Margaret Chan "… these diseases are now being brought to their knees with stunning speed. With a boost to this momentum being made today, I am confident almost all of these diseases can be eliminated or controlled by the end of this decade"".

Major pharmaceutical companies, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the governments of the United States, United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates and the World Bank announced measures to support WHO in sustaining progress achieved as well as give a push to accelerate the control, elimination and eradication of these diseases.

Measures include:

  • sustaining or expanding current medicine donation programmes to meet demand through 2020;
  • providing more than US$785 million to support elimination efforts;
  • strengthening drug distribution and implementation programmes.
  • sharing expertise and compounds to promote research and development of new medicines.

Partners also endorsed the "London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases, " in which they pledged new levels of collaborative effort and tracking of progress in tackling 10 of the 17 neglected tropical diseases currently on WHO's list.

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