From 2006 to 2017, the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases was dedicated to eliminating the seven most common NTDs. We worked with governments, corporations, NGOs and individuals to raise awareness, and leverage the resources necessary to fight NTDs.

Controlling and eliminating neglected tropical diseases is critical to improving the health of the world’s poorest people. To achieve this goal, we worked to:

Educate Policymakers

We educated members of U.S. and international governments about the importance of controlling NTDs in endemic countries. See our policy work.

Build Regional Partnerships

The Global Network helped facilitate partnerships between corporations, NGOs, governments, bilateral and multilateral organizations in order to leverage existing resources and dedicate them to controlling NTDs.  We focused 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, bednet distribution, and maternal,newborn and child health programs. Watch our videos to learn more about regional partnerships.

Mobilize Funds

We worked to increase funding and engage development partners to bring NTD programs to scale, produce evidence of sustainable impact, and change the landscape of poverty forever.  Since 2008, we’ve mobilized more than $100 million toward NTD control. 

Expand the Reach of NTD Advocacy

Our NTD Special Envoys provided the political voice and technical expertise needed to control and eliminate the most common NTDs by 2020. The Special Envoy Program, made possible through generous financing from Dr. Gary Michelson and his wife Alya Michelson of the Michelson Medical Research Foundation, expanded the reach of global NTD advocacy efforts through media interviews, publications, opinion pieces and political engagement. Read more about our NTD Special Envoys.