Is The Elimination Of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) Possible?


Tuesday, November 17th 16:30 - 17:30 (Swiss time)


The Golden Jets were presented by Prof. Jean-Dominique Vassalli, President of the Board of the HUG Private Foundation, at the closing ceremony of the Geneva Health Forum.

Some 150 countries are endemic for the 20 diseases officially listed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). These countries have widely varying political, development, and resource contexts, and differences in NTD epidemiology.

There have been at least 10 World Health Assembly resolutions concerning the elimination and eradication of various NTDs over the last several decades, culminating in 2010 with the WHO 2020 Roadmap on NTDs, in which 11 diseases were slated for elimination by 2020, and a 2012 London Declaration. The global will to #BeatNTDs has created new coalitions of public, private and civil society partners in recent years. However, most targets outlined in the 2020 Roadmap remain unreached, and a new WHO 2030 Roadmap on NTDs is being finalized for endorsement in May of this year.

The sustained elimination of NTDs will require high-level political commitment from all endemic countries, the engagement of national health systems at all levels, and R&D for new drugs and diagnostics required to reach and sustain elimination. Underpinning all of this, the successful elimination of NTDs requires committed funding from domestic health budgets and international funders alike.

In this plenary, speakers will discuss the feasibility of eliminating NTDs in the current political and economic climate.



Francois Chappuis

Head of Unit, Geneva University Hospitals (HUG)


Amy Fall

Global Health Medical For Africa Region Lead, Sanofi

Philippe Guerin

Director Infectious Diseases Data Observatory (IDDO), Oxford University

Mwele Malecela

Director of the Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases, World Health Organization (WHO)

Nathalie Strub-Wourgaft

Medical Director, Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi)