As the 5th anniversary of the London Declaration to NTDs and the WHO NTD Roadmap, approached, the NTD community is at a critical juncture. Thanks to a programme of unprecedented scale and an exemplary public-private partnership, several NTDs are at their lowest ebb, with many others positioned to achieve the 2020 targets. However, increased effort is required to push towards 2020 across all the NTDs.
Significant implementation, funding and R&D gaps remain and the recently-launched Expanded Special Project for Elimination of NTDs (ESPEN) requires substantial additional investment to succeed.
To celebrate progress and rally towards 2020 and beyond, WHO and Uniting to Combat NTDs will join forces to host a NTD Summit in Geneva, Switzerland in April 2017. The Summit is timed to coincide with the 5th anniversary year of the WHO Roadmap on NTDs and the London Declaration. It will include celebrations of success and technical discussions to define a clear path to achieve control and elimination goals, including building the voices and resources necessary to make it to the end.