Sixth meeting of the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on Neglected Tropical Diseases
The Sixth meeting of the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group (STAG) on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) took place on 29–30 April 2013 at World Health Organization (WHO) Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
Discussions focused on:
- Disease control: progress and challenges
- Capacity strengthening: the need to scale up activities at country level
- Preventive chemotherapy interventions: impact and challenges
- Economics of NTD control
- Access to medicines
- Monitoring of anthelminthic drug efficacy
- Dengue control
STAG also took note of reports by four different working groups which had met earlier:
6–7 December 2012
First meeting of the Global Working Group on Capacity Strengthening
18–19 February 2013
Fourth meeting of the Working Group on Monitoring of Drug Efficacy
20–21 February 2013
Fourth meeting of the Working Group on Monitoring and Evaluation
26 April 2013
Fourth meeting of the Working Group on Access to Quality Assured NTD Medicines
About the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on Neglected Tropical Diseases
The STAG is the principal advisory group to the World Health Organization for the control of NTDs and reports directly to the Director-General of WHO.
It has the mandate of advising WHO on overall global policies and strategies, ranging from monitoring implementation to delivery and linkages with other health interventions.
Its remit is to facilitate and monitor the coverage of interventions for the control of NTDs and to provide WHO with high quality, well considered advice and recommendations on matters described in its terms of reference.