WHO Launch of the Strategic Framework for Integrated Control and Management of Skin-Related NTDs
This strategic framework is a companion document to the road map that was developed in response to the critical actions identified to reach the 2030 targets. It was written in collaboration with a group of independent experts through an extensive global consultation.
Tribute to Dr Mwele Ntuli Malecela
The NNN community is devastated by the passing of Dr Mwele Ntuli Malecela, Director of the Department of NTDs at WHO. Dr Malecela was a source of strength, inspiration, and motivation for legions of public health practitioners working to eliminate NTDs.
World NTD Day 2022
30 January 2022 is the third annual World NTD Day. Adopted at the 74th World Health Assembly, this day recognises that NTDs are widespread in the world’s poorest regions, where water safety, sanitation and access to health care are substandard - they affect over 1 billion people globally.
Update | NNN Statement of Commitment to Hand Hygiene For All 2021
NNN's commitment to hand hygiene for all stands on three pillars: political leadership; ensuring an enabling environment for WASH and NTD collaboration; and sustainable, inclusive programming at scale. In this statement, the NNN also issues calls to action to NTD-endemic countries, NTD development partners, and the World Health Organization.
From strategy to accountability: monitoring progress on WASH actions to combat NTDs
The renewed global strategy on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) to combat NTDs has a vision of accelerated and sustained achievement of the NTD road map targets, particularly among the poorest and most vulnerable, through better-targeted and joint WASH and NTD efforts. But how do we get from strategy to accountability and monitor progress on WASH to combat NTDs?
World NTD Day 2021: accelerating progress through partnerships
The NTD NGO Network (NNN) celebrates the second annual World NTD Day. Today, we take stock of the contributions and commitments made by our global community of 85 members, which can and will take the ambitions of the new road map forward. We also reflect on what else will be needed to sustain and accelerate progress toward 2030, and the role of our NGO community to support these ends.
An Eye to 2030: Making NTD Gains in Kenya Through WASH
On World Water Day 2021 (22 March), the World Health Organization officially released its 2021-2030 Global Strategy on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). To mark the launch of the Strategy, Global Water 2020’s Stephen Hilton, on behalf of the NTD NGO Network’s (NNN) WASH Working Group, caught up with Dr. Sultani Hadley Matendechero, Director of Kenya’s Division of Vector Borne and Neglected Tropical Diseases at the Ministry of Health.
One Health for the WHO NTD road map
The new WHO NTD road map 2021-2030 recognises the importance of a cross sectoral strategy. Recently, the WHO invited the NNN One Health Group’s Chair, Wendy Harrison, to speak at their webinar “Optimizing One Health and the Global Vector Control Response to reach the 2030 NTD road map goals”. Below is a summary of Wendy’s discussion on the role of NGOs and local communities in implementing One Health.
Global Handwashing Day Interview with NNN Vice-Chair, Arielle Dolegui
For Global Handwashing Day 2020, NNN WASH Working Group Chair and Director of Policy and Communications at the SCI Foundation, Yael Velleman, interviewed Arielle for her insights on the challenges and opportunities for coordinated programming, as well as the role of the NNN in driving this work forward and at scale as to realize hand hygiene for all.
NNN Statement of commitment to hand hygiene for all
The NNN's commitment to hand hygiene for all stands on three pillars: political leadership; ensuring an enabling environment for WASH and NTD collaboration; and sustainable, inclusive programming at scale. In this statement, the NNN also issues calls to action to NTD-endemic countries, NTD development partners, and the World Health Organization.
NNN 2020 annual conference champions inclusive, sustainable and resilient health systems to achieve global NTD goals and health for all
The 11th annual Neglected Tropical Disease NGO Network (NNN) conference highlighted the importance of people-centred, comprehensive health programmes that strengthen health systems and promote resilience to weather the public health crisis of COVID-19 and future health crises that impact communities affected by NTDs.
Are you interested in resilience and sustainability? Then join the September NNN 2020 annual conference!
Resilience and sustainability – of health systems and beyond – have never been more relevant. This year’s annual Neglected Tropical Disease NGO Network (NNN) conference, “Accelerating to 2030: Building Resilient NTD Programmes in a Changing World”, will tackle these themes head on.
Transform Your Idea into a Life-Changing Project to Help Beat NTDs
The Ascend West and Central Africa programme, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), is excited to announce a new learning and innovation fund to accelerate the control and elimination efforts for up to five neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) – lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminths and trachoma.
Why 2020 is Shaping Up to be the "Year of NTDs"
In celebration of the inaugural World NTD Day (30 January 2020), Yaobi Zhang, Chair of NNN, speaks on the decisive year ahead in the fight against neglected tropical diseases, including: a global NTD summit in Kigali, Rwanda; the release of the WHO NTD Roadmap for 2021-2030; an updated WHO Global Strategy on WASH & NTDs; the 11th Annual NNN Conference; and more.
Crossing the Finish Line: Sustaining Behavior Change for the Prevention and Elimination of NTDs
Eradicating neglected tropical diseases and preventing their reemergence cannot be accomplished without sustained behavior change. Water, sanitation and hygiene programmes are a major focus of behavior change, but access to these alone is not enough. We must do more as a community on the road to 2030.
Many Partners, One Voice: Strengthening Collaboration Within the NTD Community
At this year’s 2019 NNN conference, hosted in Liverpool, UK, we look forward to celebrating ten years of collaboration and partnership that have contributed to the many successes over the past decade as well as continuing to share experiences through an exciting and diverse programme.
An Interview with Dr. Wendy Harrison, the Executive Director of the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative
Dr. Wendy Harrison recently spoke to Francis Peel from the London Centre for NTD Research about the relationship between academia and NTD community and the growing demand for cross-disciplinary research.
How the NNN is bringing sectors together to beat NTDs and achieve health for all
NNN Executive Committee members Leah Wohlgemuth (Sightsavers) and Prof KH Martin Kollmann (CBM) set out how the BEST framework moves away from mass-treatment focused medical approaches and integrates the broader causes and social effects of NTDs
Empowering communities to make their own difference
Picture the scene. There’s a knock at the door - it’s your neighbour. He’s holding a long colourfully painted stick and a notebook and he’s asking you to stand still while he measures you so he can give you the correct dose of a drug he’s carrying. Would you take it?
Women and men must benefit equally from leprosy efforts
From some sources it has seemed that men are more commonly affected by leprosy than women. There is now evidence to show that this is far from the case and that, in fact, there is near parity in the rates of affected women and men; but why the confusion?