Neglected tropical diseases

First meeting of the Human African Trypanosomiasis Elimination Technical Advisory Group (HAT-e-TAG) Meeting Geneva, 23–25 November 2016 – Statement

Following marked progress in eliminating human African trypanosomiasis (HAT) and the steady decline in the number of new cases over the past few years, Member States have requested WHO to develop criteria and procedures for assessing the elimination of HAT as a public health problem at country level.

The first meeting of the Human African Trypanosomiasis Elimination Technical Advisory Group (HAT-e-TAG) was held on 23–25 November 2016 at WHO’s headquarters in Geneva to discuss these criteria and procedures. The 13 technical experts of the HAT-e-TAG (appointed by the WHO Assistant Director-General) reviewed the indicators required to:

  • define the metrics to be used at global level and their adaptation at country level;
  • identify the information that a country will need to supply when submitting a dossier to WHO requesting national validation of HAT elimination;
  • establish criteria for assessing the country dossier submitted by Member States; and
  • develop the criteria and procedures that a country will need in order to maintain post-elimination surveillance, including the provision for a periodical review of the status of HAT elimination in an already validated Member State.

The HAT-e-TAG has established a schedule to finalize the draft criteria and procedures.