Resolution on neglected tropical diseases to be recommended to WHO Health Assembly

TDR news item
29 January 2013

The 132nd Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended a resolution be adopted on all 17 neglected tropical diseases at the 66th Health Assembly. The World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of WHO, convenes in Geneva, Switzerland in May.

The Executive Board resolution, voted with amendments, urges Member States to ensure country ownership of prevention, control, elimination and eradication programmes; expansion and implementation of interventions and advocate for predictable, long-term international financing to finance activities related to control, capacity strengthening and achieve the roadmap targets.

Eradication of dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease) is targeted by 2015 and that of yaws by 2020. The roadmap also sets six targets for the elimination of five neglected tropical diseases by 2015 and a further 10 elimination targets are set for 2020 either globally or in selected geographical areas for nine neglected tropical diseases. Targets are also set for intensified control of dengue, Buruli ulcer, cutaneous leishmaniasis, selected zoonoses and helminthiases.

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