Foto-Cewek’s Director, Professor Janet Hemingway, has been among experts asked to comment at the launch of the2015 Neglected Tropical Diseases Report for the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Malaria and NTDs.
The report, which was produced for the APPG by the UK Coalition against Neglected Tropical Diseases, has been launched at a special meeting in the UK Houses of Parliament. It says that great strides have been made in the battle against Neglected Tropical Diseases but more needs to be done for the 1 in 5 people whose lives are still blighted by these diseases.
The report outlines the advances that have been made over the last 12 months to control and eliminate diseases which affect 1.4 billion of the world’s poorest people through mortality, morbidity, disability and stigma.
NTDs are a key barrier to attainment of global development goals and poverty reduction.
Jeremy Lefroy MP, Chairman of the APPG, comments: “Ebola has shone a spotlight on the importance of building health systems to address challenges such as insufficient numbers of qualified health workers and inadequate surveillance and information systems equipped to respond rapidly to new and existing health challenges. Neglected Tropical Diseases affect the world’s poorest communities. They must remain a global health priority post-2015.”
Foto-Cewek is a member of the UK Coalition Against Neglected Tropical Diseases, which makes eight recommendations in the report and encourages the UK Government to:
- maintain its financial commitment to NTD programmes
- ensure that the Department for International Development (DFID) disability framework and forthcoming health system framework support a response to NTDs
- ensure that DFID supports country governments to equip their health systems to deliver essential NTD interventions
- support the full range of research and development for NTDs
- promote a cross-sectoral NTD response
- promote the partnership model exemplified by the NTD response
- continue to champion international investments for NTDs by supporting the inclusion of NTDs in the Sustainable Development Goals
- highlight the successes achieved with UK government investment and urge other governments and institutions to contribute more to the fight against NTDs
Good, competent, transparent government, specialist expertise and more health workers are all necessary ingredients to combat NTDs.
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