The Global Network helped facilitate partnerships between corporations, NGOs, governments, bilateral and multilateral organizations in order to leverage new and existing resources and dedicate them to controlling NTDs. Focusing on three regions with the highest burdens of NTDs: Africa, Asia Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean, we worked with our implementing partners to initiate brand-new programs for NTD control, to bring existing NTD control programs to scale, and to integrate NTD control with other global health programs such as immunization, nutritional supplement programs, bed net distribution, and maternal, newborn and child health programs.
In Africa, we partnered with Geneva Global, a private philanthropy consultancy with a founding commitment from the Legatum Foundation to establish the End Neglected Tropical Diseases (END) Fund, a groundbreaking effort to expand the pool of financiers of NTD control projects to provide capital resources needed to address the region’s NTD burden as well as the technical capacity to bring scale up treatment and prevention efforts.
In Latin America and the Caribbean, a catalytic partnership between the Global Network, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Pan American Health Organization worked to scale up NTD prevention and treatment efforts in the region. In close collaboration, these organizations launched a trust fund to support the delivery of an estimated 200 million treatments through cooperation between the public and private sectors, governments and participating communities, incorporating investments in water, sanitation and housing to improve overall public health, increase school attendance and decrease poverty, enhancing the effects of NTD control.
In the Asia Pacific region, we collaborated with World Health Organization regional offices and the Asian Development Bank to develop a regional case for support and evaluate funding opportunities for NTD control and elimination from different sources.
The Global Network also worked with the World Bank to build support and awareness the NTD cause and the success of the World Bank-financed African Program for Onchocerciasis Control to drive the inclusion of NTD components into broader World Bank-financed development projects. This led to the release of approximately $45 million for NTD components and the approval of a new $75 million NTD regional project focused on the Sahel.