The road map for neglected tropical diseases 2021–2030 sets out global targets for 2030 and milestones to prevent, control, eliminate and eradicate a diverse set of 20 diseases and disease groups, as well as cross-cutting targets aligned with WHO’s Thirteenth General Programme of Work, 2019–2023 and the Sustainable Development Goals. It also proposes strategies for attaining these targets over the next decade. The document is intended to succeed the first road map, published in 2012.
The new road map was drafted through an extensive global consultation that began in 2018 and culminated in the document’s endorsement by Member States at the Seventy-third World Health Assembly in November 2020.
This consultative process involved regional workshops with managers of NTD prevention and control programmes, country workshops with stakeholders in NTDs and related areas of work, input from disease experts, disease modellers, donors and partners obtained through more than 100 bilateral interviews and more than 300 responses from two rounds of online consultations. The document therefore reflects the perspectives of Member States and a wide range of stakeholders. Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a diverse set of 20 diseases and disease groups with a singular commonality: their Disease eradication, elimination and control, and reduced burden of disease (mortality, morbidity, disabilities) on impoverished communities. Together they affect more than 1 billion people with devastating health, social and economic consequences.Targets and strategies for the next decadeThe road map also describes the integrated approaches needed to achieve these targets through cross-cutting activities that intersect multiple diseases. It is built on three pillars that will support global efforts to control, eliminate and eradicate neglected tropical diseases:
Pillar 1–Accelerate programmatic action
Pillar 2–Intensify cross-cutting approaches
Pillar 3–Change operating models and culture to facilitate country ownership
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