The WHO Global NTD Programme and Uniting Efforts for Innovation, Access and Delivery are hosting a technical consultation on a toolkit for National NTD Investment Cases.
Launching Microplanning manual to guide implementation of preventive chemotherapy to control and eliminate Neglected Infectious Diseases
A webinar to celebrate World NTD Day. This World NTD Day, please join us for a webinar about the need to increase awareness of and investment to end inequality and the poor health outcomes that allow neglected tropical diseases to take hold and devastate too many of the world’s population.
WHO Collaborating Centres (CC) related to NTDs will get together on 30 January 2023 and hold a virtual workshop to End Neglected Tropical Diseases through enhanced networking.
On 1 December 2022, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, announced the appointment or Dr Ibrahima Socé Fall as Director of the Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases, based at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
World Health Organization (WHO) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced plans to set up a mentorship programme for African women working in NTD programmes. The mentorship is in honour of the late Dr Mwele Malecela, one of Africa’s most highly respected female scientists and public health leaders.
The WHO has issued a call for experts for the WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Neglected Tropical Diseases (STAG-NTD).
Deadline 16 July
WHO will launch a companion document to the NTD road map that aims to assist countries endemic for neglected tropical diseases that manifest mainly through the skin. The new skin NTD framework will be launched on 8 June 2022 at 14:00 CET.
Global Vector Control Response (GVCR) 2017-2030: Reducing the burden and threat of vector-borne diseases to achieve the NTD road map targets
WHO launches six new recommendations for the control and elimination of human schistosomiasis
Formal launch of One Health: approach for action against neglected tropical diseases 2021-2030, the companion document to the NTD road map 2021-2030 that aims to support stakeholders and countries, international organization and non-State actors to achieve the 2030 targets through transdisciplinary and cross-cutting approaches.
Join the launch of the new WHO Policy Paper report on deworming treatment for women of reproductive age.
This guideline provides evidence-based recommendations to support countries in morbidity control and elimination of the disease as a public health problem, and to move towards interruption of transmission.
Researchers have found that treating school-aged children periodically with praziquantel has decreased the prevalence of schistosomiasis (bilharzia) in sub-Saharan Africa by almost 60% during the past 20 years.
The World Health Organization is inviting you to hear about what is being done to ensure the safe delivery of quality assured NTD medicines and health products to more than a billion people annually. It will bring together experts from various fields to assess gaps, challenges and progress and the areas that require urgent and ongoing attention.
Diagnostics is a priority area that requires critical action to ensure the 2021–2030 road map targets for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are achieved.
The World Health Organization would like to invite you to this moderated webinar, with the focus on the relationship between COVID-19 and neglected tropical disease (NTDs) since the beginning of the pandemic.
WHO Collaborating Center for Schistosomiasis Control, Theodor Bilharz Research Institute, Egypt will be conducting a virtual training workshop on “Schistosoma Life Cycle Maintenance, antigen preparation and polyclonal antibody production”.
WHO webinar ending the neglect to attain the SDGs - a framework for monitoring and evaluating progress against the WHO neglected tropical diseases road map targets 2021-2030
Deadline extended to 20 July 2021
WHO is seeking experts to serve as members of a new Technical Advisory Group on control and elimination of schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiases.
WHO & USAID webinar working towards the SDGs - a sustainability framework for action against neglected tropical diseases 2021-2030
Interview with Maria Rebollo, ESPEN team leader for the World Health Organization Africa and lead author of Baseline Mapping of Neglected Tropical Diseases in Africa: The Accelerated WHO/AFRO Mapping Project
The World Health Organization publishes their new Global Strategy on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases 2021–2030.
Deadline 3 March 2021
WHO is updating the 2015 Global WASH-NTD strategy to support the new NTD road map and to incorporate lessons learnt on WASH-NTD collaboration over the past 5 years.
The objective of STAG WGA is to facilitate alignment of stakeholders on strategies and best practices for improving access to medicines and other health products for Neglected Tropical Diseases
WHO has launched its road map for NTDs entitled ‘Ending the neglect to attain the Sustainable Development Goals: a road map for neglected tropical diseases 2021–2030’
WHO course for decision-makers and programme managers about neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eliminating NTDs: together towards 2030 – Formal launch of the new WHO road map for neglected tropical diseases.
The Seventy-third World Health Assembly overwhelmingly endorsed the WHO new road map for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) for 2021−2030.
This webinar aims to advocate for, raise awareness of and engage stakeholders across multipl e sectors to develop and implement One Health and integrated vector control to prevent, contro l and eliminate NTDs.
The World Health Organization (WHO) published data showing that more than one billion people were treated in 2019 for at least one of the five neglected tropical diseases1 (NTDs) amenable to prevention, control and elimination through large-scale preventive treatment campaigns.
NTDs are linked with stigma which, together with the impact of disabilities and poverty, can cause social exclusion, associated with significant mental health consequences. The road map proposes fundamental shifts in focus from specific diseases to people‐centred approaches and to gauge programmatic impact not only on diseases averted but also on high‐quality care for people affected by NTDs.
A series of virtual meetings to unite NTD control programmes, implementing and technical partners, and donors as they consider how NTD programmes might need to change in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This WHO webinar will look at WASH and NTDs, how can WASH help reach the WHO NTD 2030 targets?
The WHO have launched a new webpage for schistosomiasis, with info on preventative chemotherapy, mapping, snail control and much more.
Upcoming WHO webinar on the role of youth to advocate for health targets envisaged in NTD RoadMap 2030.
WHO webinar on sustainability and resilient health systems: how the road map will contribute to sustainable and resilient health systems.
Starting with the inaugural webinar on the 17th of June on the new road map, COVID-19 and the road to recovery, the WHO has launched a series of NTD themed webinars.
This meeting convenes stakeholders to discuss measures to mitigate (now) or recover from (during the post-pandemic transition) the setbacks caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and associated restrictions.
The WHO and US FDA assessing CURE-ID1, a web-based application that could help clinicians share their experiences in managing difficult-to-treat infectious diseases.
WHO is organizing a webinar to discuss the new NTD road map and the impact of the pandemic on global NTD programmes.
The WHO and UNICEF have issued a joint report and iterim guidance on Community-based health care, including outreach and campaigns,in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. This updates the previous interim guidance for NTD programmes issued on the 02 April 2020.
WHO issues interim guidance on the resumption of mass treatment interventions, active case-finding and population-based surveys for NTDs in the context of COVID-19.
WHO consultation for a Sustainability Framework in support of the NTD road map 2021–2030.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is seeking nominations from experts to support the work of the Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases in monitoring and evaluating the progress made under the current 2012-2020 road map and for the new road map which will start from January 2021- December 2030.
WHO Executive Board commends progress made against neglected tropical diseases and calls for a new road map for 2021–2030.
Seventy-third World Health Assembly
The latest data on treatment coverage for countries endemic for schistosomiasis (bilharzia) and soil-transmitted helminthiases (intestinal worms) available now.
Join on the 30th of January 2020 for the first-ever World NTD Day! Find out about events and webinars here.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) have called for integrated efforts to address the disparate burden of diseases borne by women and girls in Africa.
ESPEN trains countries on a new tool to optimize MDA implementation for schistosomiasis in the African region.
THe WHO together with the NTD NGO Network (NNN) launched an interactive online version of their "WASH and Health working together" toolkit. Find out more about this detailed, practice-based resource to #beatNTDs
WHO's second round of public consultation shares an advance draft of the 2030 Roadmap and invites feedback on the 2030 NTD overarching/cross-cutting goals, disease-specific targets and assessments
The 12th meeting of the WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group (STAG) for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) will take place on 29–30 April 2019 at WHO HQ (D building -- Kofi Annan Conference Room) in Geneva, Switzerland.
Over the past three months, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Expanded Special Project for the Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (ESPEN) has supported Nigeria to reach over 2 million children who have never had Schistosomiasis treatment before.
The goal of this GDG meeting will be to provide evidence-based recommendations to countries in their efforts to control morbidity from schistosomiasis and eventually interrupt transmission.
Endemic countries, implementing partners, donors and stakeholders are invited to provide feedback on the proposed goals and milestones for the 2021-2030 Roadmap. Read more here.
The World Health Organization (WHO) NTD department have released an update on the global status of schistosomiasis treatments for 2017. The news is very encouraging!
NTD Supply Chain meeting to foster collaboration for the improvement of NTD programme supply chain management.
The second WHO Africa Health Forum, "Achieving Universal Health Coverage and Health Security in Africa : The Africa We Want to See", will take place end of March in Cabo Verde.
The WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group (STAG) Working Group on Monitoring & Evaluation will be meeting end of February- 1st of March 2019.
The WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group (STAG) Working Group on Monitoring Drug Efficacy will be meeting end of February 2019.
The WHO launched the new step-by-step guide and practical toolkit to implement Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) interventions for the sustainable control and elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs).
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WHO AFRO NTD Bi-Annual Programme Managers Meeting
The latest WHO data on treatment for schistosomiasis (bilharzia) and soil-transmitted helminthiases (intestinal worms) show encouraging trends towards the WHO NTD Roadmap goals.
A series of documents which have been prepared by the Schistosomiasis unit of the WHO Parasitic Diseases Programme (PDP) and which are intended to provide up-to-date information on technical aspects of schistosomiasis control.
WHO Weekly epidemiological record 9648 - Schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiases: treating millions of people in 2021.
The monitoring and evaluating framework for progress of the road map for NTDs 2021-2030. In this course, we will introduce you to the second companion document to the road map, the framework for monitoring and evaluating progress against the road map targets, also called, the M&E framework. The M&E framework aims to facilitate tracking of progress against set goals while enabling course corrections to be made whereever necessary.
Interactive dashboard displaying country profiles and their progress against the WHO NTD roadmap 2030 targets
Interactive dashboard displaying progress against the NTD road map 2021-2030
During the two years since the launch of the road map (2021–2022), progress has been made against the targets, dispite the hinderance of the COVID-19 pandemic, a changing, multi-dimensional funding landscape as donors reassess priorities and adapt to new ways of working, as well as a challenging and unpredictable international context. Read more on the Global Report on NTDs 2023.
The sixteenth meeting of the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Neglected Tropical Diseases (STAG-NTD) was held as a hybrid meeting, 27–28 September 2022.
This second edition of the WASH-NTD toolkit includes revisions and new tools based on experiences of using the toolkit in more than 20 countries.
This manual describes local, bottom-up planning (“microplanning”) to foster effective implementation and monitoring of public health programmes.
This compendium of indicators provides a comprehensive and standardized listing of recommended indicators, including the 70 core indicators presented in the M&E framework.
At the 13th Annual NTD NGO Network (NNN) Conference the Schistosomiasis and Soil-Transmitted Helminthiasis Disease Specific Group held meeting using the conference theme: NTDs in health systems - innovate, integrate, & empower. Recording and slides available here.
This first edition describes the standard operating procedures for health products for NTDs amenable to preventive chemotherapy and the medicines donated to treat them. These include albendazole for lymphatic filariasis and soil-transmitted helminthiases; azithromycin for trachoma and yaws; diethylcarbamazine citrate for lymphatic filariasis; ivermectin for onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis; mebendazole for soil-transmitted helminthiases; praziquantel for schistosomiasis; and triclabendazole for foodborne trematodiases.
The aim of this policy brief is to promote the regular deworming of adolescent girls and women of reproductive age.
This guideline provides evidence-based recommendations in the following areas: prevalence thresholds, target age groups and frequency of PC, establishment of WASH and snail control activities to support control and elimination of schistosomiasis, diagnostic tests for the assessment of schistosomiasis infection in animal reservoirs, in snail hosts, and in humans.
This companion document provides guidance on what actions are needed – by programme managers, countries, international organizations, and non-State actors – to take a One Health approach to achieve the WHO NTD road map 2021-2030 targets.
WHO Weekly epidemiological record 9648 - Schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiases: treating millions of people in 2020, despite the pandemic.
World Health Organization. (2021). Diagnostic target product profiles for monitoring, evaluation and surveillance of schistosomiasis control programmes.
From 2015–2019, over 1 billion people received one or more of the above interventions for NTDs. As a consequence, great progress has been made to reduce NTD prevalence and incidence. In 2020, special circumstances prevailed, as will be discussed in more detail in this paper.
Preventive chemotherapy (PC) is a cornerstone in the fight against NTDs. PC is defined as large-scale delivery of safe, quality-assured medicines, either alone or in combination, at regular intervals to entire population groups.
This WHO webinar on ending the neglect to attain the SDGs will present a framework for monitoring and evaluating progress against the WHO neglected tropical diseases road map targets 2021-2030.
WHO road map for neglected tropical diseases 2021−2030 and the schistosomiasis-specific summary of targets, milestones and critical actions from the WHO roadmap annex.
Ending the neglect to attain the Sustainable Development Goals: a sustainability framework for action against neglected tropical diseases 2021–2030 is a companion document to the road map for neglected tropical diseases 2021−2030.
Ending the neglect to attain the sustainable development goals: a framework for monitoring and evaluating progress of the road map for neglected tropical diseases 2021−2030. World Health Organization.
The following are recommendations and best practices to consider when developing plans for safely restarting mass drug administration (MDA) campaigns in the context of COVID-19. This document is meant to supplement WHO’s guidance note entitled, Considerations for implementing mass treatment, active case-finding and population-based surveys for neglected tropical diseases in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic,1 released on 27 July, 2020.
This document provides a decision-making framework for implementation of mass treatment interventions, active case-finding campaigns and population-based surveys for neglected tropical diseases in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
WHO Weekly Epidemiological Record, 25 September 2020, vol. 95, 39 (pp. 461–476)
This document is intended to guide NTD programmes in members states in the WHO region for Africa in developing the next generation NTD Master Plans in line with WHO Roadmap 2030. The document is open for inputs from stakeholders.
Policy paper discusses how female genital schistosomiasis control can be integrated with HIV and cervical cancer care. Such a programme will be part of a broader framework of sexual and reproductive health and rights, women’s empowerment and social justice in Africa. Integrated approaches that join up multiple public health programmes have the potential to expand or create opportunities to reach more girls and women throughout their life course.
Considerations for implementing mass treatment, active case‐finding and population-based surveys for neglected tropical diseases in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Multisectoral Approach for the Prevention and Control of Vector-Borne Diseases: A conceptual framework. The document presents a conceptual framework covering the essential elements of successful multisectoral collaborations, which is based on systematic reviews of evidence from programmes for the prevention and control of VBDs.
The WHO and UNICEF have issued a joint report and iterim guidance on Community-based health care, including outreach and campaigns,in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The first meeting of the Diagnostic Technical Advisory Group (DTAG), an advisory group to the WHO Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases, was held at the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Geneva, Switzerland, on 30–31 October 2019.
Maintaining essential health services: operational guidance for the COVID-19 context recommends practical actions that countries can take at national, subregional and local levels to reorganize and safely maintain access to high-quality, essential health services in the pandemic context
WHO Western Pacific Region Regional Action Framework for Control and Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases in the Western Pacific
The 146th session of WHO’s Executive Board, meeting in February 2020 requested the Director-General to develop, in consultations with Member States and stakeholders, the new road map for neglected tropical diseases for the period 2021–2030.
Guide for Mapping Neglected Tropical Diseases Amenableto PreventiveChemotherapy in the African Region
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) have called for integrated efforts to address the disparate burden of diseases borne by women and girls in Africa.
Schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiases: numbers of people treated in 2018
WHO publishes "Preventive Chemotherapy: Tools for improving the quality of reported data and information, A field manual for implementation"
The WHO AFRO Expanded Special Project for the Elimination of NTDs has developed a new tool to support countries to optimize MDA implementation in the AFRO region.
The new WHO and NTD NGO Network interactive online toolkit to build effective WASH-NTD partnerships is out now.
Report and main recommendations of the 12th meeting of the WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group (STAG).
This is the second edition of WHO Bench aids for the diagnosis of intestinal parasites, intended both as a practical tool for the diagnosis of intestinal parasitic infections for laboratory and field workers and as a teaching aid for students and trainees.
A generic model that can be used for risk assessment of larviciding and mollusciciding.
The WHO's 13th General Programme of Work (GPW13) approved by the seventy-first World Health Assembly (WHA).
The WHO NTD department Update on the global status of implementation of preventive chemotherapy (PC) for schistosomiasis and other PC NTDs.
THe WHO and NNN step-by-step practical document and toolkit to cross-sectoral collaborative work for WASH and NTD agencies, departments and practicioners.
Summary of global update on provision of preventive chemotherapy in 2017 and progress towards ensuring timely supplies and management
Schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiases: number of people treated in 2016
Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are critical in the prevention and care for all of the 17 neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) scheduled for intensified control or elimination by 2020.
Integrating NTDs into Global Health and Development
This fourth WHO report on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) reviews the progress made towards achieving the Roadmap targets for 2020, noting the remaining challenges, then looks beyond 2020 to evaluate the changing global health and development landscape, considering the implications of integrating these diseases into the broader 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
World Health Organization. (2012). Accelerating work to overcome the global impact of neglected tropical diseases : a roadmap for implementation : executive summary. Geneva : World Health Organization. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/70809
The purpose of the manual is to assist programme managers with the introduction and implementation of a snail control intervention as part of an integrated schistosomiasis control and elimination program me, and as promoted by WHO’s integrated vector management approach.
Cet atlas de poche de la bilharziose génitale féminine a été élaboré comme une aide visuelle pour sensibiliser sur l’infection et faciliter le diagnostic clinique par les professionnels de santé travaillant dans des environnements à faibles ressources, en particulier dans les zones rurales où la bilharziose est endémique.
This Female Genital Schistosomiasis Pocket Atlas has been developed as a visual aid to raise awareness of the infection and to facilitate clinical diagnosis by clinical health-care professionals working in low-resource settings, especially in rural areas where schistosomiasis is endemic.
WHO children's comic book "Bambo has bilharzia: what children should know about bilharzia"