Introduction to the London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases

The World Health Organization’s January 2012 publication, “Accelerating Work to Overcome the Global Impact of Neglected Tropical Diseases”, set out implementation targets for the control, elimination, or eradication of 17 Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) by 2020. This is commonly referred to as the WHO Roadmap.

Drawing inspiration from this Roadmap, leaders of several prominent global health and development organizations, together with industry partners, met in London in 2012 where they pledged to unite in their efforts to support the achievement of the WHO 2020 targets in respect to 5 NTDs manageable largely through mass administration of safe and effective drugs (known as preventive chemotherapy treatment or PCT), and 5 NTDs requiring innovative and intensified disease management (IDM).

These collective promises of support were formalized into the London Declaration on NTDs, and it is around this Declaration that the coalition of partners called Uniting to Combat NTDs was created.

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Endorsed by over 80 of the world’s leading organisations in the fight against NTDs


Over 7.9 billion tablets in pharma donations, enough for 5 billion treatments


More than $17.8bn of drug donations pledged for London Declaration NTDs to 2020