In 2012 leaders of several prominent global health and development organizations, together with industry partners, met in London and pledged to unite in their efforts to support the achievement of the World Health Organization (WHO) 2020 goals in respect to 10 neglected tropical diseases. These diseases had the essential aspects for immediate support.
These collective commitments of support were formalized into the London Declaration on NTDs that was signed on 30 January 2012 and led to the establishment of the Uniting to Combat NTDs partnership. Since then, Uniting to Combat NTDs partners have been working alongside WHO and national programs to address the neglected disease burden in some of the world’s hardest to reach areas.
Vision and mission
Uniting to Combat NTDs has always supported the WHO in its aim to reach control, elimination and eradication targets for the NTDs covered by the London Declaration by 2020. However, the global landscape has evolved. In 2015, the international community adopted the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year, the WHO launched a new and ambitious NTD road map for 20 diseases that sets out the global targets and action for 2030. Therefore, the vision of Uniting to Combat NTDs is to support the WHO road map and end the epidemic of NTDs by 2030.
To support this vision, the mission of Uniting to Combat NTDs is to create political will and an enabling environment for countries to achieve the 2030 road map goals. The Uniting to Combat NTDs Secretariat will work collaboratively with the WHO and partners across constituencies and sectors to identify key opportunities for action and address the global challenges of NTDs.
Join the movement
Join the Uniting to Combat NTDs partnership, and original endorsers of the London Declaration, to help create the political will and an enabling environment for countries to beat NTDs.
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