Neglected tropical diseases

Upcoming events/information



Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly
Date: 18–26 May 2015
Venue: World Health Organization Headquarters and Palais of the United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO. It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board. This year’s agenda includes: WHO reform; Dengue prevention and control; Maternal, infant and young child nutrition; Ending childhood obesity;Prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases; Global burden of epilepsy; Adolescent health;2014 Ebola virus disease outbreak; Monitoring of the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals and Health in the post-2015 development agenda.
On Monday, 18 May 2015, the German Chancellor. Angela Merkel will address the plenary session at the Palais des Nations.

Informal meeting with Ministers of Health of guinea-worm affected countries
Date: 20 May 2015
Venue: Room XII, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
The purpose is to secure sustained commitment of all Ministers of Health in accelerating progress to achieve guinea-worm disease transmission by the end of 2015.

Informal meeting on risk assessment of microbial products for vector control
Dates: 28–29 May 2015
Venue: : WHO/HQ Geneva
Risk assessment is an essential component of vector control product evaluation for new tools. Industry has submitted some new microbial products for evaluation by VCAG but the available risk assessment models do not cover this category of product. This informal meeting will discuss and determine data necessary to evaluate the risk of microbial-based vector control tools, such as Bti products and Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes.


WHO network for HAT elimination: 3rd meeting of the sub-group “Integration of new tools into national and global policies”
Date: 15 June 2015
Venue: WHO Geneva – Room M105
Alternative approaches and steps will be discussed to introduce fexinidazole - a potential new medicine for the treatment of HAT - in an adequate and coherent manner.

5th Coordination Meeting of HAT activities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Date: 16 June 2015
Venue: WHO Geneva – Room D46025
The meeting will discuss how to coordinate current and future financial and/or logistical support for HAT control and surveillance to national programme by international partners.

Meeting of the 18th WHO Pesticide Evaluation Scheme (WHOPES) Working Group
Dates: 29–30 June & 1 July 2015
Venue: WHO/HQ Geneva
Results of four long-lasting insecticide nets (LLIN) products and their safety assessments will be reviewed. These results will be published in the 18th WHOPES Working Group report on the WHOPES website.


14th International Dengue Course
Date: 10–21 August 2015
Venue: Havana, Cuba
Participants will discuss updated aspects of dengue control, including progress made in vaccine and antiviral development and . The course is supported by WHO and the sessions will be held in Spanish and English.


Workshop on surveillance and control of rabies
Date: 26 October–7 November 2015
Venue: Pasteur Institute, Phnom Penh, Cambodia


Global conference on rabies: Global elimination of dog-mediated human rabies
Date: 10–11 December 2015
Venue: Geneva, Switzerland


Last update:

22 May 2015 14:41 CEST