WHO releases new 10-year plan to tackle neglected tropical diseases

These goals include eradicating dracunculiasis (guinea worm disease) and yaws and reducing the number of people requiring treatment for neglected tropical diseases by 90% by 2030.

The document, titled “Tackling Neglected Tropical Diseases to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals: Roadmap for Neglected Tropical Diseases 2021-2030”, aims to provide new momentum by proposing concrete measures. The World Health Assembly approved the roadmap in November 2020.

“If we are to end the scourge of neglected tropical diseases, we urgently need to do something different. That is, we need to re-energize our efforts and collaborate in innovative ways so that all those who are need access to the means to prevent and treat all of these diseases, ”said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.

The roadmap is intended to address key gaps for several diseases by integrating approaches and actions within national health systems and across various sectors.

“This roadmap aims above all to put people first. It involves action in several sectors to implement programs for all 20 neglected tropical diseases and promote equity and ownership by To do this, programs need to be sustainable, deliver measurable results and receive sufficient national funding, ”said Dr. Mwelecele Ntuli Malecela, Director of the Neglected Tropical Diseases Control Department at the WHO.

The roadmap, developed through a broad consultative process involving countries, partners, stakeholders, the scientific community and academia, allows for measures to be assessed and adjusted, where appropriate, over the next ten years, setting clear targets and milestones.

The global global targets for 2030 are to reduce the number of people in need of treatment for neglected tropical diseases by 90%; elimination of at least one neglected tropical disease in at least 100 countries; the eradication of two diseases (dracunculiasis and yaws); and a 75% reduction in the number of disability-adjusted life years associated with neglected tropical diseases.

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