Introduction

 

The Kigali Declaration on neglected tropical diseases is a high-level, political declaration which aims to mobilise political will and secure commitments to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 3 (SDG3) target on neglected tropical diseases and to deliver the targets set out in the World Health Organization’s Neglected Tropical Disease Roadmap (2021-2030). 

Earlier this year, the Government of Rwanda, who are the sponsors of the Kigali Declaration and hosts of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) agreed the draft of the Kigali Declaration for wider stakeholder input and stakeholder group statements. During August the declaration was open for consultation and feedback with these groups, and in September an open webinar was held to present the consolidated feedback from the consultation period and recommended actions.  

Following this process Uniting to Combat NTDs will follow up on the actions and engagement processes, including receiving responses from stakeholder groups on the feedback related to their statements, as well as hosting meetings with parliamentarians, Ministers of Health, Mayors and Local Government. The final draft of the Kigali Declaration on NTDs will be honed, before being sent to the Government of Rwanda for final approval. We aim to share the final declaration by the end of October.