Neglected tropical diseases

Accelerating and sustaining progress against neglected tropical diseases through water, sanitation and hygiene services

27 August 2015 | Geneva/Stockholm -- The World Health Organization today unveiled a 5-year global strategy which aims to accelerate efforts to eliminate many of the neglected tropical diseases by 2020.

Water, sanitation and hygiene for accelerating and sustaining progress on neglected tropical diseases – a global strategy 2015–2020 focuses on better integrating the planning and delivery of services for water, sanitation and hygiene with existing interventions against neglected tropical diseases. The strategy targets the determinants of those diseases that affect more than 1 billion of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable populations.

Equitable and affordable health coverage against neglected tropical diseases is achievable

Geneva | 19 February 2015
New WHO report urges governments to increase investment to tackle these diseases of poverty

The third report of the World Health Organization (WHO) on neglected tropical diseases urges affected countries to enhance their domestic investments in order to sustainably address social and health inequities. Creating conditions to generate the investments needed to overcome these diseases – which blind, disfigure, disable and kill – will provide an essential package of interventions to more than 1.5 billion people worldwide.

World Health Assembly adopts resolution on all 17 neglected tropical diseases

27 May 2013 | Geneva
Member States call for more focus on the growing threat and spread of dengue
The World Health Assembly today adopted resolution WHA66.12 on all 17 neglected tropical diseases.

Many countries called on WHO to focus more on the growing threat and expansion of dengue and support the scale-up of vector control activities.

Representatives from 32 countries and six speakers from nongovernmental organizations took part in the deliberations.

New phase in fight against NTDs heralds universal access to health interventions for world’s poorest

Sustained commitment key to reaching eradication and elimination targets by 2020
16 January 2013 | Geneva

The World Health Organization’s second report on neglected tropical diseases published today highlights unprecedented progress during the past two years.
Renewed momentum has shifted the world closer to eliminating many of these conditions that take their greatest toll among the poor, thanks to a new global strategy, a regular supply of quality-assured, cost-effective medicines and support from global partners. | More

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