In 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) set new and ambitious targets for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) as the world works towards the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. We know we need to increase momentum in the fight against NTDs. To support this, and following a thorough consultation, the following structure has been agreed upon for the partnership to improve our decision-making, accountability, credibility and agility. The partnership is driven by the following groups:
The Board: The Board is responsible for strategy and governance decisions. It approves the partnership’s strategy, operational plan and budget, whilst monitoring progress against our strategic goals.
The Consultative Forum: The Consultative Forum provides guidance on strategy and tactics to the Board, the Secretariat and working groups. This group brings the perspectives of the broader NTD Partner Network to the Board and other partnership bodies.
Working Groups: Working groups will be created as required to leverage partner expertise and to execute activities around specific objectives in the partnership strategy and operational plan.
The Secretariat: The Secretariat develops and implements the board-approved strategy. It delivers ambitious advocacy initiatives and represents the partnership externally, whilst providing administrative and coordination support to partnership groups.
All of these groups include and represent the members of the partnership, which are collectively known as the Partner Network. The network is not a formal body; it is the name for our broad group of stakeholders committed to tackling NTDs.
In 2023, the Board approved an updated version of the strategy and operational plan, intensifying our efforts in resource mobilisation. This provides clarity to all partners on the goals, objectives, and activities that will guide the partnership in the years to come.