The 2014-15 UK Coalition against Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) report for the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases.

The report outlines the advances that have been made over the last 12 months to control and eliminate diseases which affect 1.4 billion of the world’s poorest people through mortality, morbidity, disability and stigma.

This report closely follows the World Health Organization report which urges countries to invest in the fight against the 17 neglected tropical diseases.

UKCNTD report front coverAlthough the UK has made many achievements in tackling NTDs, greater investment and commitment is needed to see the end of these devastating diseases.

The report suggests that a cross-sectorial approach including water and sanitation, health, disability, nutrition and education will lead to greater successes.

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The Coalition makes eight recommendations. The UK government should:

  • maintain its financial commitment to NTD programmes
  • ensure that the Department for International Development (DFID) disability framework and forthcoming health system framework support a response to NTDs 
  • ensure that DFID supports country governments to equip their health systems to deliver essential NTD interventions
  • support the full range of research and development for NTDs
  • promote a cross-sectoral NTD response
  • promote the partnership model exemplified by the NTD response
  • continue to champion international investments for NTDs by supporting the inclusion of NTDs in the Sustainable Development Goals
  • highlight the successes achieved with UK government investment and urge other governments and institutions to contribute more to the fight against NTDs