Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are preventable and treatable diseases whose burden weighs most heavily on the poorest, most marginalized and often the most remote communities in the world.
On 30 January 2012, the London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases was signed, committing global health partners across public, private and non-profit sectors to control or eliminate 10 diseases by 2020.
Enormous progress has been made over the last five years, made possible only through the committed joint efforts of numerous cross-sectoral partnerships that continue today.
We celebrate the important progress made in disease such as human African trypanosomiasis, or sleeping sickness. These include improved prevention, diagnosis and treatment that is bringing us ever closer to elimination through integrated disease control efforts with our partners, most recently through the newly launched Trypa-No! project.
At the same time, we cannot forget that 7 of 10 NTDs listed in the London Declaration still lack adequate diagnostic solutions. In particular, Chagas disease, leishmaniasis and lymphatic filariasis all have major unmet diagnostic needs.
Today marks the beginning of a one-year campaign to share important progress and mobilize global partners to push for accelerated progress by 2020.
Today, we are closer than ever to a world without NTDs. Fewer people are suffering from these diseases than ever before and many countries are eliminating them entirely.
Read about some of FIND’s projects for NTD diagnostics:
- Clinical trial of non-invasive visceral leishmaniasis diagnostics in Kenya
- FIND & partners work with Ministry of Health to screen for sleeping sickness in refugee camps of northern Uganda
- Development of diagnostics for Chagas disease: Where should be put our limited resources? Albert Picado et al, PLoS NTD, Jan 2017
- Elimination of sleeping sickness in Uganda could be jeopardised by conflict in South Sudan, Albert Picado and Joseph Ndung’u, Lancet, Jan 2017