The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases raises the profile of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and builds support for control and elimination activities through our efforts to educate, advocate, catalyze, and convene. We highlight efforts underway in the field, and we connect global players and afflicted communities to increase access to vital medicines that can stop these illnesses and lift the world’s poorest people out of poverty. We work through three primary tracks:
- Advocacy and Policy: We raise the profile of NTDs among policymakers, thought leadership, and the general public to foster the collective will to take action and support the control and elimination of these diseases. We work with the broader NTD and global health communities to educate policymakers, providing them with timely, useful information so that they can develop and champion legislation around NTDs more effectively. Through our communications efforts, we spotlight the leaders and pioneers of the NTD community, from community drug distributors to scientists to the donors supporting the programs. All the while, we work to ensure that the general public is aware of NTDs and is inspired to take action.
- Resource Mobilization: We engage the donor community to increase and sustain investments in NTD control and elimination efforts. We believe every donor—a citizen, a corporation, or a government—can make a difference in ending the neglect. We work diligently to match donors with projects wherein their investments can have the greatest impact, and we also work with donors new to the global health space by demonstrating how their interests can align with our programs.
- Global Coordination: Through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we galvanize support around a global campaign to control and eliminate the most common diseases of poverty. A central component of the grant and campaign is the formation of regional NTD trust funds and cross-regional working groups, designed to form financing mechanisms to raise and efficiently disburse funds to affected communities.
We believe that our approach encourages:
- Increased collaboration
- More effective partnerships
- Transparency and accountability
- Regional orientation and country ownership
- Results and longer-term sustainability