The control of neglected zoonotic diseases: from advocacy to action
report of the fourth international meeting held at WHO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland, 19–20 November 2014
The fourth International Meeting on the Control of Neglected Zoonotic Diseases (NZDs) was held on 19–20 November 2014. The meeting was financially supported by the European Union seventh framework programme through the ADVANZ (Advocacy for Neglected Zoonotic Diseases) and ICONZ (Integrated Control of Neglected Zoonoses) projects. It was hosted by WHO at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and opened by the Assistant Director-General, Dr Nakatani.
NZDs are found in communities in low-resource settings across the world, where they impose a dual burden on people’s health and that of the livestock they depend upon. National governments are increasingly seeking to mitigate the impact of NZDs on their citizens by implementing control programmes to address these burdens. These initiatives have been strongly endorsed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the World Organisation for Animal Health and WHO tripartite and financially supported by members of the broader international community including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the UK Department for International Development, the European Union, the International Development Research Centre and the CGIAR.
WHO’s 2012 Roadmap on accelerating work to overcome the global impact of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and Resolution WHA66.12 on NTDs adopted by the World Health Assembly in May 2013 have enhanced the visibility of zoonotic NTDs’ – notably rabies, cysticercosis, echinococcosis, human African trypanosomiasis, foodborne trematodiases and leishmaniasis. Although not specifically included in the WHO Roadmap, other diseases have been addressed by the NZD community such as anthrax, bovine tuberculosis, brucellosis and leptospirosis.