World NTD Day

We put the spot on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and call for action. World NTD Day 2021 was the starting point in a decisive year for NTDs with WHO launching a new roadmap and setting goals for 2030.

World NTD Day - Ending the neglect together

Every year on January 30th is World NTD Day! Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) affect more than 1 billion people in the poorest and most marginalized communities worldwide with devastating health, social and economic consequences. World NTD Day marks an annual opportunity to mobilize together with more than 230 partners greater attention and to celebrate hard-earned progress.   

Our activities

We have committed ourselves to the fight against the NTD schistosomiasis (also known as bilharzia).

Catch a glimpse of our previous activities:

ISNTD Connect Webinar:
Schistosomiasis is one of the most prevalent parasitic infections in Africa, placing a significant burden on public health and local economies. Access to schistosomiasis innovation is the next frontier to reach the elimination of this disease. In the ISNTD Connect webinar we talked about our collaborative efforts to beat schistosomiasis.

WHO Roadmap 2030:
On the 28th of January 2021 WHO launched its new NTD Roadmap 2030! We stay committed to actively support the efforts of the global elimination of NTDs, such as schistosomiasis.

Bilharzia Storytelling Lab:
We hosted Bilharzia Storytelling Lab in Kenya. It offered Kenyan community leaders and storytellers the opportunity to envision new ways of accessible and tailored disease information.  

Partnership with The END Fund:
To bolster Rwanda’s plan to end schistosomiasis by 2024, we will provide Rwanda, in partnership with The END Fund, with 8 million additional tablets of the standard medication for the treatment of schistosomiasis per year. The tablets are needed for treating adults endangered by schistosomiasis and will complement our annual donation for the treatment of school-aged children. Learn more here!

Social Media:
To help us raise awareness we invite you to follow and share our activities on social media using the hashtags #MakingSchistory #EndtheNeglect #BeatNTDs.

  • Health for all

    Around 1.3 billion people currently lack access to effective and affordable healthcare. That’s why we have made it a high priority to address this global health challenge.

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  • Innovation for all

    We develop and transform top technologies and digital innovations into tailored solutions to strengthen health systems in low- and middle-income countries.

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  • R&D for schistosomiasis

    We drive and implement R&D programs for innovative drugs, sensitive diagnostics, new technologies for safe water access and for controlling transmission of the disease.

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  • One Billionth Tablet

    In 2020 we announced its 1 billionth donated tablet of the standard medication for the treatment of schistosomiasis, to the WHO.

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  • AI Diagnostic for NTDs

    We announced our strategic partnership to develop an AI-based diagnostic tool for NTDs.

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  • Open Innovation

    We renewed our long-standing commitment to catalyze research in infectious diseases, such as schistosomiasis.

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