Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases
A new report by Uniting to Combat NTDs entitled Country Leadership and Collaboration on Neglected Tropical Diseases, highlights dramatic health and economic benefits from investing in combating neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), making it one of the best buys in public health.
“The report finds that countries are increasingly taking ownership of NTD programs, have started providing new funding and are pursuing innovative approaches to combat these devastating diseases. Yet while these new methods have produced substantial progress, further scale-up is necessary to reach the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 2020 targets.”
Despite progress in many areas, the report identified several areas where progress must be accelerated including coverage rates, new diagnostics and tools, as well as funding. “The report cites an annual delivery funding gap of US$200-300 million between now and 2020. The WHO estimates that low- and middle-income countries could fully fund their share of universal coverage against NTDs with less than 0.1% of domestic spending on health.