Consultative Forum

The Uniting to Combat NTDs Consultative Forum brings together voices from across our Partner Network, to aid decision making and ensure that the views of our community are carefully understood and considered. The Consultative Forum provides critical advice to the Board, Secretariat and any working groups that are set up, to help shape the overall strategic direction of the partnership. Key partnership constituencies are represented on the group, including endemic countries, non-governmental organizations, NTD donors, pharmaceutical companies, research organizations and NTD advocates.

The Consultative Forum members are:

  • Aminu Magashi Garba Co-ordinator, Africa Health Budget Network
  • Anjali Nayyar Executive Vice President, Global Health Strategies
  • Antonieta Rojas de Arias Senior Researcher, Center for Scientific Research Development (CEDIC)
  • Delna Ghandhi Retired Senior Health Adviser, DFID
  • Diogo Martins Policy & Advocacy lead, Wellcome Trust
  • Fatma Kabole Head of the NTD Unit, Ministry of Health, Zanzibar
  • Gerald Chirinda Founder, Future Africa Forum and Youth Combating NTDs
  • Gregory S. Noland Epidemiologist, The Carter Center
  • Javier Sancho Mas Coordinator, Chagas Coalition
  • Johannes Waltz Head, Merck Schistosomiasis Elimination Program and Global Schistosomiasis Alliance (Pharmaceutical seat)
  • Mamadou Diallo Country Director, WaterAid, Mali
  • Nebiyu Negussu Director, Neglected Tropical Diseases, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (Donor seat)
  • Obiageli Nebe Deputy Director & National Schisto & STH Program Manager, Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria
  • Rachel Taylor Director, Corporate Responsibility, MSD (Pharmaceutical seat)
  • Rashad Abdul-Ghani Associate Professor, Sana’a University, Yemen
  • Sammy Njenga Chief Research Scientist, Kenya Medical Research Institute (Research seat)
  • Simon Bush Director, Neglected Tropical Diseases, Sightsavers
  • Suma Krishnasastry Professor and Head, Filariasis Research Unit, T D Medical College Hospital, Alappuzha, India
  • Teshome Gebre Regional Director for Africa, International Trachoma Initiative
  • Virginia Sarah Global Partnerships Executive, The Fred Hollows Foundation (NGO seat)
  • Wangeci Thuo Advocacy Specialist, Act to End NTDs | East, RTI International
  • Wendy Harrison CEO, SCI Foundation (NGO seat)
  • Wim H. van Brakel Medical Director, NLR
  • Xiao-Nong Zhou Director, Professor, National Institute of Parasitic Diseases, China CDC