Neglected tropical diseases

12th meeting of the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Neglected Tropical Diseases

The 12th meeting of the WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group (STAG) for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) took place on 29–30 April 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.

During the 2-day meeting, a wide range of issues were discussed including work towards a new NTD Roadmap 2021-2030; a review of progress achieved and the challenges ahead; inclusion of additional NTDs and a reorganization of Working Groups. STAG made 10 key recommendations to the Secretariat.

A special meeting has been convened to discuss the new WHO NTD Roadmap on Monday 26 August 2019.


A systematic technically driven process for the adoption of additional diseases as NTDs

In January 2016, the 138th session of the WHO Executive Board requested the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group (STAG) for Neglected Tropical Diseases to develop a 'systematic, technically driven process for the adoption of additional diseases as NTDs.'

The proposed criteria for classifying a condition as an NTD and the process for review of the list of NTDs can be accessed here.


The STAG is the principal advisory group to WHO for the control of NTDs and reports directly to the Director-General of WHO. Its mandate is to advise WHO on overall global policies and strategies, ranging from monitoring of implementation to delivery and linkages with other health interventions. Its remit is to facilitate and monitor the coverage of control interventions and to provide WHO with high-quality, well considered advice and recommendations on matters described in its terms of reference.