Neglected tropical diseases

WHO extends deadline of second-phase web consultation for new Roadmap on neglected tropical diseases


30 July 2019 | Geneva –– Following requests by several stakeholders, WHO has extended the deadline for online submission of feedback on the new NTD Roadmap from 31 July to 7 August 2019.

Working together to develop the global Roadmap for neglected tropical diseases

WHO coordinates and supports policies and strategies to enhance global access to interventions for the prevention, control, elimination and eradication of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).

Consistent with World Health Assembly resolutions and in line with WHO’s 13th General Programme of Work 2019–2023 (GPW13), WHO supports Member States to expand access to prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care interventions for NTDs as a contribution towards the achievement of universal health coverage by 2030.

For interventions to be effective, normative guidance is essential. WHO is currently finalizing the overarching/cross-cutting goals, disease-specific targets and assessments to be included in the new Roadmap that will guide actions against NTDs during the decade 2021–2030.

Your contribution to shaping the new Roadmap is greatly appreciated and brings needed perspective. Please help us by completing this online questionnaire in the second phase of web consultation. It is also available in Arabic, French, and Spanish. Please disseminate it as widely as possible and share it with your colleagues.

The global consultation

At its eleventh meeting in 2018, the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Neglected Tropical Diseases (STAG-NTD) recommended that WHO initiate a consultative process with the global NTD community to set new targets and milestones beyond 2020 as a contribution to the achievement of the health-related 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Given the progress of, and challenges to, implementing the current NTD Roadmap 2012–2020, the STAG-NTD further recommended that the targets for 2021–2030 should be ambitious, evidence-based and realistic. The STAG-NTD considered the proposed targets at its twelfth meeting (Geneva, 29–30 April 2019).

The NTD Roadmap 2021–2030 will exist within the overarching framework of the SDGs and be consistent with GPW13, which sets out WHO’s strategic directions, vision and mission.

The WHO Secretariat is leading the preparation of the new Roadmap in consultation with Member States, disease experts, modellers and the wider global NTD community. Goals and milestones to be reached by 2023 (the end of GPW13), by 2025 and by the end of 2030 are being discussed and developed.

First-phase consultation (now closed)

Endemic countries, implementing partners, donors and stakeholders were invited to provide feedback via an online consultation (April–July 2019), which was used to refine the disease targets and enrich the understanding of critical actions required, both disease-specific and cross-cutting. A summary of the first round consultation feedback can be found here.

Second-phase consultation (extended)

A second round of web consultations was launched, and has been extended, to solicit feedback and expert advice on the refined overarching/cross-cutting goals, disease-specific targets and assessments.

Everyone is welcome to complete this web consultation, including those who completed the first round earlier this year. It is also available in : Arabic , French, and Spanish.

If you have questions, either about the form or the consultative process, please contact:

Important dates, 2019

17 April 2019: the first batch of feedback received was collected, summarized and presented to STAG-NTD on 29–30 April. Based on the recommendations of this meeting, a revised document with proposed milestones was made available for further consultation.

11 July 2019: an advanced draft was posted for a second phase of feedback (currently open and extended to 7 August 2019).

15 August: by this date the Roadmap goals and milestones will be finalized, for presentation to, and endorsement by STAG-NTD in the 1st week of September.

Neglected tropical diseases

NTDs cause immense human suffering, disability and death. They pose a devastating obstacle to health and remain a serious impediment to poverty reduction, socioeconomic development and universal health coverage.

WHO’s work on neglected tropical diseases

WHO provides technical and strategic guidance towards the reduction of the global burden of NTDs; by doing so, it prioritizes the public health needs of poor and marginalized populations. Key activities include formulating recommendations and setting norms and standards; coordinating the distribution of donated medicines; promoting WHO’s role in partnership; strengthening country-level capacity; and, leveraging the contribution of stakeholders to the elimination and eradication of these diseases.

With the help of international partners, WHO supports Member States in the coordination and integration of national control programmes with sectors such as education, agriculture, the environment, water, hygiene, gender, equity, sanitation and veterinary public health.