END7, an international advocacy campaign led by Sabin, engages the public to raise awareness of NTDs and urge world leaders to prioritize these diseases of poverty. In 2015, thousands of people around the world joined END7’s advocacy campaign to the UN, asking their ambassadors to support an NTD indicator in the SDGs. Thousands more Americans wrote to their Members of Congress and President to ask that they protect NTD funding.
In 2015, END7’s student outreach program grew to include young leaders at more than 50 universities in 15 countries. Students published op-eds and research papers, led creative advocacy campaigns, and engaged in education and fundraising on university campuses from Scotland to Sierra Leone. To date, END7 students have raised more than $100,000 for NTD treatment programs.
END7 held its first Student Advocacy Day in 2015, bringing 20 students to Washington, D.C., for nearly two dozen meetings with Members of Congress and their staff, urging them to maintain and grow USAID funding for NTDs. This event grew in 2016, with 40 students from 15 universities participating in 39 meetings with key congressional offices. The day concluded with a keynote address from Barbara Bush, co-founder and CEO of Global Health Corps and daughter of President George W. Bush.
The END7 campaign’s “How to Shock a Celebrity” video, featuring celebrities including Eddie Redmayne, Priyanka Chopra and Emily Blunt, reached 7 million views in 2015.
END7 will continue to advocate for increased U.S. support of NTD treatment programs. This year, the campaign is approaching $1 million in donations to help deliver medications and support treatment programs.