Wednesday, January 30, 2013

World gears up to fight Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) to make the world — God's world an NTD free planet

17 culprits are busy every day and nite undermining the health of our world's — God's world's — people under the burden of sicknesses most of us can only imagine.  Oh, we may have heard the names of some of these life-takers and society-wreckers which entrench the cycle of poverty and neglect for millions of people today, but the cost of the immiseration of these people on the structures of family life and wellness are staggering beyond imagination.  A movement has been initiated and is active already since January of last year to control, eliminate, and eradicate 10 of the 17 by the year 2020.  Get more information on the London Declaration against NTDs.  Download the 1st Annual Report on the London Declaration on NTDs.  This fact-filled report that is good for use in Christian schools is available in several languages.  All the facts in this blog-entry, and most of the text, are derived / quoted from Business and Human Rights, and the unprecedented group of partners centered around the World Health Organization's leadership which has produced the download above.  Included are GlaxoSmithKline and 12 other global pharmaceutical companies along with the World Health Organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other groups.   B&HR:  "The progress our coalition reports today includes that: We fully met requests for 1.12 billion treatments for NTDs29 countries began receiving drugs to treat or prevent soil-transmitted helminthes, resulting in an almost six-fold increase in treatments….There was increased funding and collaboration to improve outcomes….Two NTD diagnostic tests received regulatory approval."

Perhaps best of all:  WHO's own Executive Board which just met in Geneva, Switzerland, on January 29, 2013, has taken heart and has recommended to the full World Health Assembly to meet in Geneva in May 2013, that all 17 of the 'negelected tropical diseases' (NTDs) — beyond the current and heroics-demanding 10 — come under the mandate of 'prevent, control, eliminate, eradicate' .... 

— Albert Gedraitis

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World Health Organization’s roadmap

The path to a world free of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)

What does 'NTD-free' mean? 

WHO’s Roadmap for Implementation, put forward in January 2012, outlined bold targets for the control and elimination of 17 NTDs. In January 2013, WHO launched its second report (available at with updated information on the specific targets for each disease and what needs to be done to reach the 2020 goals. Below are the 10 NTDs targeted for control, elimination or eradication as part of the London Declaration on NTDs.

•  Blinding trachoma

•  Chagas disease

•  Guinea worm disease

•  Human African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness)

•  Lymphatic filariasis (LF or elephantiasis)

•  Leprosy

•  Onchocerciasis (river blindness)

•  Schistosomiasis (snail fever or bilharzia)

•  Soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH or intestinal worms)

•  Visceral leishmaniasis (kala azar)

Over the past year, there has been exciting progress:

•  Pharmaceutical partners supplied 1.12 billion treatments
meeting the increased requests from endemic countries.

•  Donors committed funds to support integrated NTD
programs, scale up and expand existing programs,
increase resources available for mapping, improve
program strategies through research, and develop new

•  More than 40 endemic countries developed multi-year
integrated NTD plans, and Nigeria, Brazil, Cameroon,
Honduras and Burundi launched their plans.

•  Oman became the first previously endemic country to
verify the elimination of trachoma.

•  Partners developed a comprehensive London Declaration 
Scorecard, presented in this report and online, to
promote accountability, transparency and evidence
based prioritization. This scorecard tracks the delivery
of London Declaration commitments, highlights key
milestones and targets, and helps identify priority action 
areas to ensure that 2020 goals are met.

With these new drug supplies and integrated NTD plans,
programs are ready to scale up. Building on these
promising beginnings, new partners and resources are 
urgently needed to be on track toward achieving the WHO 
goals. By redoubling our efforts, together we can empower
communities to break the cycle of poverty and neglect by 
overcoming the burden of NTDs.

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