As the WHO prepares to launch a new WHO Road Map for NTDs, 2021 - 2030, the 11th NNN annual conference looks to deepen the NTD NGO’s communities understanding and build capacity to deliver the paradigm shifts laid by the new road map, to achieve an ambitious collective vision to end NTDs.
At the heart of the road map is a core understanding of our collective contributions from the NTD community and the cross-sectoral approaches and partnership needed to help us to achieve a much larger goal: universal health for all and a better world for all through the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
The COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 is already testing how we work together to address critical challenges at home and across borders. Support for international cooperation hangs in the balance at precisely the moment when robust collaboration is needed most. In 2020 we must answer the question: How resolved are we to confront the challenges and embrace the opportunities ahead, and what is needed to do so?
The aim of the opening plenary is to not only set the scene for this year’s conference, but also introduce new perspectives, ideas and experiences that challenge our traditional thinking and help shape the way each conference participant engages throughout the 3-day virtual conference. We will open the NNN Conference 2020 with a moderated high-level panel discussion focusing on the key themes with reflections from the following panelists:
- Dr. Mwelecele Ntuli Malecela, Director, WHO NTD Department
- Margarita Focas Licht, Chief, Effective Partnership, Global Partnership for Education
- Kelly Saldana, Director of the Office of Health Systems, USAID's Bureau for Global Health
- Dr Githinji Gitahi, Group Chief Executive Officer, Amref Health Africa
- Paula Brando, Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing in Public Health, Rio de Janeiro State University
- Alice Cruz, UN Special Rapporteur on the elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members
- Moderator: Patricia Amira, broadcaster and journalist
Our NNN Chair and Senior Scientific Advisor, NTDs at Helen Keller International, Yaobi Zhang will share an update and the NNN Annual Report. The President and CEO of The American Leprosy Missions, Bill Simmons will introduce the NTD Innovation Prize and the finalists. Simon Brooker, Deputy Director of Neglected Tropical Diseases from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will introduce the NTDs Ideas Forum: Programme innovation in a COVID-19 context.