World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day

The theme "Unite. Act. Eliminate." calls for action on this January 30 to tackle these 21 diseases, that affect 20% of the world's population.

30 January 2024 - 30 January 2024


Annualy, on January 30th World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day is celebrated in commemoration of the presentation of the first WHO roadmap and the 2012 London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). This year's theme, "Unite. Act. Eliminate", is a call-for-action from the NTDs community to "Come together to achieve our goals", to assess "What we need to act effectively", and to reflect on "Where we are on elimination". It is inspired by President Embaló of Guinea-Bissau, in a piece published in Health Policy Watch in July 2023.
"We want to end neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). To achieve this, we need sustainable financing for NTDs. Investing in NTDs is a global health and development success story. So far, 50 countries have eliminated an NTD, showing progress is possible. In 2020, 600 million fewer people required interventions against NTDs than in 2010. Yet, for some time, a lack of resources has been seen as a significant barrier to the control, elimination, and eradication of NTDs. This challenge has only been intensified by COVID-19 which has caused severe delays and disruption to NTD programmes, as well as a massive repurposing and diversion of resources".
The Chagas Global Coalition will be joining this day through our ChagatChat, a project developed last year as a virtual space where we talk about Neglected Tropical Diseases with people from the Chagas disease community.


Thanks to the organizations working relentlessly to eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases as a public health problem, during these weeks a number of events have been organized to celebrate this years's World Day, to call for participation. Join on January 30th and share its content under the hashtag #WorldNTDDay:
January 23
Online event – Trachoma: Accelerating progress to elimination as a public health problem
Sightsavers and the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) are holding an online event on 23 January 2024 to share and discuss learnings around how to eliminate the infectious eye disease trachoma.
Date: January 23 2024
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Online
Register Here
Canadian Engagement in Global Trachoma Elimination Strategies 
Join us for an exciting online event where we will explore Canadian engagement in the global efforts to eliminate trachoma. Trachoma is a preventable neglected tropical disease that affects the eye and is the leading infectious cause of blindness globally, affecting millions of people in 42 countries worldwide.  
Date: January 23 2024
Time: 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Online
Register Here
January 26
Hybrid Event – NNN Skin Cross Cutting Group: Uniting Globally for Skin-NTDs. 
The event will be hosted physically in Kathmandu, Nepal with the celebration, themed #Unite4SkinNTDs. The theme is an acknowledgement of the collective efforts undertaken for the control of Skin-NTDs and an invitation to unite our forces for continued endeavors. In the program, multiple partner organizations will be coming together in showing their support towards Skin-NTDs.
Date: January 26 2024
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM (Nepal Standard Time)
Location: Dusit Princess, Kathmandu (Physical) & Online
Register Here
Expresso Chagas em Ação: workshop de devolutiva de resultados em Posse/GO
On January 25 and 26, 2024, this Fiocruz project will hold the Workshop "Expresso Chagas in Action!" (Expresso Chagas em Ação, in Portuguese). With the theme "Chagas Disease in Primary Health Care", it aims to bring together all the participants of the Chagas XXI Express in Posse, which took place on November 3 and 5, 2022, with health professionals and other stakeholders.
Date: January 25-26h, 2024
Time: 13 - 17 h (Brazil)
Location: Posse/GO
Watch it online HERE
January 30
Removing obstacles to the NTD road map in the post-COVID-19 scenario: a webinar organized by the network of WHO collaborating centres for NTDs
A virtual workshop convened by the WHO Collaborating Centre for Tropical Diseases, National Institute of Parasitic Diseases, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, on behalf of the network of WHO collaborating centres for NTDs, will discuss how to remove obstacles to the NTD road map in the post-COVID-19 scenario, and attain the 2030 targets. 
Date: January 30 2024
Time: 9:30 PM – 11:00 CET
Location: Online
Register Here
Reframing neglect: a fine art and documentary photography exhibition on NTDs 
If you happen to be in New York City, you may wish to join the opening of an exhibit featuring photographers from six countries across Africa where NTDs are prevalent.
Please also be aware that an exhibition of metal panels dedicated to NTDs will take place in the mezzanine of WHO headquarters’ B building during the whole week of World NTD Day. A panel will be specifically dedicated to noma, which has been recently recognized by WHO as a neglected tropical disease.
Date: January 30 2024
Time: 18:00 PM – 20:30 EST
Location: In Person – The United Nations Secretariat Building
Más información en la web de OMS
Removing obstacles to the NTD road map in the post-COVID-19 scenario: a webinar organized by the network of WHO collaborating centres for NTDs
World NTD Day webinar: WHO CC NTD Network. Un taller virtual convocado por el Centro Colaborador de la OMS para Enfermedades Tropicales, el Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Parasitarias y el Centro Chino para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades, en nombre de la red de centros colaboradores de la OMS para las ETD, discutirá cómo eliminar los obstáculos a la hoja de ruta de las ETD. en el escenario post-COVID-19, y alcanzar los objetivos de 2030.
Fecha: 30 de enero
Hora: 9:30-11 CET (Geneva time)
Lugar: Online
Más información en la web de OMS
La Inteligencia Artificial en la lucha contra las Enfermedades Tropicales Desatendidas
Next Tuesday, January 30, World Day of Neglected Tropical Diseases, the Carlos III Health Institute, together with the Spanish Society of Tropical Medicine and International Health and the Imported Pathology Study Group of the Spanish Society of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, holds an in-person event in Madrid to talk about how to apply the new tools offered by Artificial intelligence when addressing this public health problem that affects 20% of the world's population. There is a session dedicated to Chagas: "Digital microscopy and #AI in the diagnosis of Chagas Disease".
Date: January 30   
Time: 9:15 AM (Spain)
Location: Instituto de Salud Carlos III (#Madrid)
More information HERE
Event Agenda
January 31
Launch: New Neglected Disease G-FINDER Report

We’re pleased to invite you to the launch of the new Neglected Disease G-FINDER report, with special guest Shingai Machingaidze, Ag Chief Science Office for Africa CDC and CPHIA Secretariat Lead. Together we’ll explore the latest trends for neglected disease R&D funding from the 2022 financial year. 
Date: January 31 2024
Time: 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM
Location: Online
Register Here

Global Appeal 2024 to end stigma and discrimination against persons affected by leprosy

WHO will host the launch of the Global Appeal 2024 to end stigma and discrimination against persons affected by leprosy, led by the Sasakawa Leprosy (Hansen’s Disease) Initiative. The event will take place in the WHO Auditorium, in the presence of the WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Mr Yohei Sasakawa, WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination; it will be opened by a concert. We also invite you to visit the WHO campaign page for World NTD Day 2024, where more information, key messages and communication material is available. Additional products in different languages will be posted this week and next week. So please stay connected!
Date: January 31 2024
Time: 17:00 PM – 18 :10 CET
Location: Online
Register Here
Maladies négligées: succès, défis, et modèles alternatifs d’innovation
Together with Institut Pasteur, DNDi are hosting an event discussing the role of not-for-profit pharmaceutical research in light of today's challenges.
Date: January 31th, 2024
Time: 16:45 - 20:00 CET
Location: Institut Pasteur: Entrée Vaugirard. 205 rue de Vaugirard 75015 (Paris, France)
Register Here
February 1
Aus dem Schatten heraus
DNDi are co-hosting a film screening and panel discussion with UAEM (Universities Allied for Essential Medicines) about what is being done for people with neglected tropical diseases - and what still needs to be done to bring them out of the shadows.
Date: February 1st, 2024
Time: 18.30 Uhr
Location: Charité Campus Mitte, Rahel-Hirsch-Weg 4, Großer Hautklinik Hörsaal (Berlin)