At the 2006 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, Sabin co-founded the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases to raise the awareness, political will and funding necessary to control and eliminate the most common neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). The Global Network’s founding partners included the Earth Institute at Columbia University, Helen Keller International, the International Trachoma Initiative, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Task Force for Global Health and the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative.

The Global Network operated from 2006 to 2016 with the support of partners including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Hoffman Fund. Over a decade, the Global Network helped drive a paradigm shift in the way the global community understood and responded to the burden of NTDs.

The vision of the Global Network was a world free of NTDs where children and families are able to grow, learn and become productive members of their communities. To achieve this vision, Global Network worked with governments, individuals, institutions and corporations globally to raise awareness of NTDs, build political will and mobilize resources for NTD control and elimination programs.