November 15, 2011 | Africa News Analysis (ANA)

By Musah Ibrahim Musah

“Addressing NTDs improves productivity and contribute to broader economic growth and prosperity of countries”

- says Dr Neeraj Mistry, Managing Director, Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases in an exclusive interview with ANA’s Musah Ibrahim Musah in Berlin, Germany.

Excerpts follow:

MUSAH: Dr Mistry, thank you for talking to AfricaNewsAnalysis. I will first start by asking you to tell us a brief history of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases.

MISTRY: The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases was started in 2006, and this was when a whole lot of organisations who were working individually on a specific neglected tropical disease got together and they said how can we create a platform to represent all these neglected diseases? Before, it was done by each organisation tackling one disease and, what we found is that there are ways of actually addressing these diseases together. So, they created the Global Network and said this organisation or platform will be the collective representation for many diseases and many organisations that will advocate for NTD control and then also look at fund-raising to help support NTD programmes.

Read the full interview with ANA here.