A Call to Compassion: Spotlight on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)

The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, in coordination with the Congressional Caucus on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases and the Congressional Global Health Caucus, would like to invite you to a reception to recognize the bipartisan commitment of the U.S. government in the fight against NTDs.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-338
Washington, DC 20515

Over the past nine years, USAID’s NTD Program has delivered more than 1.3 billion treatments to nearly 600 million people across 32 countries. USAID’s work with NTDs is a shining example of the power of public-private partnerships to leverage existing resources that stretch the impact of U.S. foreign aid dollars. In the FY 2015 budget, Congress courageously funded USAID’s NTD Program at $100 million, once again demonstrating U.S. leadership in global health and commitment to improving the lives of the poor. On the eve of Pope Francis' historic address to Congress, please join us as we honor an American legacy of compassion.

Speakers will include Dr. Neeraj Mistry, Managing Director of the Global Network for NTDs at the Sabin Vaccine Institute, Rev. Thomas Streit, C.S.C., Founder of the University of Notre Dame Haiti Program, Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez, Assistant Administrator for Global Health and Child and Maternal Survival Coordinator at USAID, Dr. Leonard Friedland, Vice President and Director of Scientific Affairs and Public Health for Vaccines in North America at GSK, as well as members of Congress. Rev. Pat Conroy, S.J., Chaplain of the U.S. House ofRepresentatives, will conclude the program with a benediction.

To RSVP please email Selma Melkich, Policy Coordinator:

Innovative partnerships to address research and treatments for Neglected Tropical Diseases

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
3:00 - 5:00pm

United Nations Headquarters, New York

Dr. Neeraj Mistry, Managing Director of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, will be participating in a special Partnerships Clinic organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) titled "Innovative partnerships to address research and treatments for Neglected Tropical Diseases." The Clinic is being help as part of the larger UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) event titled "Partnering for innovating solutions for sustainable development."

The Economic Case for Neglected Tropical Disease Control and Elimination

Thursday, January 17, 2013
12:00 – 1:30pm
Hudson Institute - Washington, DC
In a new review on the social and economic impact of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), Hudson Institute examines the seven most common NTDs, not only as health issues, but also as a global macroeconomic concern.
NTDs are a group of parasitic and bacterial diseases that infect more than 1 billion people around the world, most of whom live below the poverty line.  These diseases cause malnutrition and anemia, pregnancy complications, blindness, disfigurement and delays to physical and cognitive growth among children, often perpetuating the poverty of those they infect.
Despite their wide-spread impact, NTDs have often been categorized as "other diseases" on the global health and development agenda and often exist in the shadow of better-known diseases such as HIV/AIDs, tuberculosis and malaria.
Please join our expert panel to discuss the social and economic impacts of NTDs and recommendations for linking NTD elimination programs to the broader global development agenda.
Don Bundy, Lead Health and Education Specialist, The World Bank
Jeremiah Norris, Director, Center for Science in Public Policy, Hudson Institute
Jeffrey Sturchio, Senior Partner, Rabin Martin
Former President and CEO, Global Health Council
Michael Kremer, Gates Professor of Developing Societies at Harvard University, will provide introductory remarks.
Neeraj Mistry, Managing Director, Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, will moderate the session.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
1:15 – 3:00pm
2012 UNC Water and Health Conference
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Speakers and Discussion Leaders
David Addiss, Director, Children without Worms (CWW)
Colin Beckwith, Deputy Director, International Trachoma Initiative (ITI)
Matthew Freeman, Assistant Professor, Emory University Center for Global Safe Water (CGSW)
Jack Grimes, Doctoral Researcher, Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI)
Stephanie Ogden, WASH/NTD Officer, CGSW/CWW/ITI
More information on the event can be found here.
Neglected Tropical Diseases Celebratory Congressional Reception
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Russell Senate Office Building, Room 385
Washington, DC
More than 40 groups, representing non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, global health and civil society groups, and pharmaceutical companies, invite you to join a landmark event to hail historic progress and celebrate champions in the global fight against diseases affecting the world’s poorest and most marginal populations. Leveraging unprecedented donations of medicines by pharmaceutical companies, global neglected tropical disease (NTD) partnerships are enabling countries around the world to eliminate and control these diseases. 

Please join us in celebrating our honored guests and NTD Champions:
Dr. Nana Biritwum, National NTD Coordinator, Ministry of Health, Ghana
Dr. Mwele Malecela, Director General of National Institute for Medical Research, Tanzania
Dr. Uche Amazigo, retired Director of the African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control
Dr. Adetokunbo “Ade” Lucas, Founding Director of WHO's Special Program for Research, Training in Tropical Diseases 
Dr. Lorenzo Savioli, Director, Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases, World Health Organization

Host: Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development 

Honorary Host: The Honorable Patrick Leahy, U.S. Senate 

Moderator: Dr. Caroline Harper, OBE, Chief Executive of Sightsavers

The Honorable Lindsey Graham, U.S. Senate
The Honorable Chris Coons, U.S. Senate
The Honorable Jeff Fortenberry, U.S. House of Representatives; co-Chair Malaria and NTD Caucus
The Honorable Gregory Meeks, U.S. House of Representatives; co-Chair Malaria and NTD Caucus

Please RSVP to RSVP required as space is limited.

European Commission Colloquium on Helminth Infections

Paris, France
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Museum national d'Histoire naturelle

This colloquium will bring together scientists who are interested in research on helminth diseases and co-infections with HIV, Malaria and TB. The meeting will gather 4 major research projects funded by the European Commission (EC) under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) in the area of helminth diseases. The programme will be a combination of 1) keynote lectures by leaders in the field with insight in the latest scientific developments; 2) presentation of the 4 EC funded research consortia with their latest cutting-edge research results, and 3) a round table debate on the eradication strategy of neglected tropical diseases in sub-Saharan Africa.

To register, please click here.
Effective Solutions to Combat HIV/AIDS: Increasing Evidence of NTD Impact on HIV Transmission
A workshop at the 2012 International AIDS Conference
Washington, DC
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Mini Room 5
Walter E. Washington Convention Center

The workshop will highlight recent findings that demonstrate NTD infections can promote susceptibility and even worsen the course of HIV/AIDS disease progression.  The research supports the concept that combining efforts to control these diseases can serve to strengthen HIV/AIDS programs and health systems overall.

Moderators include:

  • Dr. Neeraj Mistry, Managing Director, Global Network for NTDs at the Sabin Vaccine Institute
  • Dr. Giuseppe Pantaleo, Chief, Division of Immunology and Allergy, University of Lausanne

Speakers will include:

  • Dr. Christoph Benn, Director for the External Relations and Partnerships Cluster, Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria
  • Dr. Lee Hall, Chief of the Parasitology and International Programs Branch, National Institute for AIDS and Infectious Diseases
  • Dr. Pontiano Kaleebu, Director MRC/UNRI Uganda Research Unit on AIDS
  • Dr. Astrid-Christina Koch, Science Counsellor at the EU Delegation, Delegation of the European Union to the United States of America
  • Dr. Hiro Nakatani, Assistant Director-General, World Health Organization
  • Dr. Maria Aparecida Shikanai Yasuda, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sao Paulo

For more information, please contact Greg Simon at

This workshop is open to those attending the AIDS2012 Conference.  If you are registered for the conference and plan to attend the meetings we encourage you to come to our workshop and learn more about the connections between NTDs and HIV/AIDS.

Washington, DC
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
6:00 pm
The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, the Pan-American Health Organization and the Inter-American Development Bank host a special reception to celebrate the work to address neglected infectious diseases in Latin America and the Caribbean, and outline the path that lies ahead.
Featured Speakers:
Neeraj Mistry, Managing Director, Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases
Jon Kim Andrus, Deputy Director, PAHO
Ferdinando Regalia, Social Protection and Health Division Chief, IDB
Plus special guests from the Ministries of Health in Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico
Organization of American States Main Building
200 17th Street Northwest, Washington, DC
For more information, please contact Laura González at or (202) 683-1894.


Save the Children Webinar: Untapped Potential:  How Schools Play a Critical Role in Fighting Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)

April 16, 2012
8:00 am EST

Dr. Neeraj Mistry, Managing Director of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, will provide an overview of how schools can build on the success of deworming programs and play a critical role in the control and elimination of neglected tropical diseases. Save the Children will also share two country case studies of successful school-based deworming programs in Ethiopia and Bangladesh.


Please RSVP by April 15th to Sheena Shah at
Washington, DC
February 28, 2012
9:00 am- 10:30 am EST

A growing number of African leaders as well as foreign public and private sector entities are focusing their attention on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Substantial financial commitments by Nigerian officials and the Nigerian government to the African Program for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC) and the London Declaration announced earlier this year by pharmaceutical companies, governments, and global health organizations signal a new unified push toward elimination of these diseases. Please join CSIS, the Sabin Vaccine Institute’s Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, and the World Bank for a discussion on emerging African leadership in the fight against NTDs, the London Declaration, and how multi-sectorial partnerships are shaping eradication efforts.

Dr. Don Bundy from the World Bank, Dr. Neeraj Mistry from the Sabin Vaccine Institute, and Dr. Julie Jacobson from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will present.

General TY Danjuma, Grand Patron of MITOSATH and Chairman of TY Danjuma Foundation will provide introductory remarks.


B1 Conference Center, CSIS
1800 K St. NW, Washington, DC 20006


Please RSVP to Kathryn Havranek at 



London, U.K.
January 30, 2012
11:00 am - 12:30 pm GMT (6:00 am – 7:30 am EST)

On January 30, 2012, Bill Gates, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Margaret Chan, nine pharmaceutical company CEOs, senior government officials and others will join together to discuss elimination of neglected tropical diseases.

A webcast will be available at as well as here on the Global Network web site.


5 December 2011
7:15 pm

The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases is celebrating the launch of END7, a new campaign in the fight against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). They will be hosting an evening reception at the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene's (ASTMH) annual conference in Philadelphia on December 5, 2011. The event will be hosted by Dr. Peter Hotez, Sabin president and outgoing president of ASTMH, and the Global Network's managing director, Dr. Neeraj Mistry.


American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 60th Annual Meeting
Marriott Liberty Ballroom, Salon A
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
1201 Market Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107


Cannes, France
November 3-4, 2011

At the G20 Summit in Cannes, France, on November 3, Bill Gates announced his financing for development report to the G20 leaders at the request of the Chair of this year’s G20 leader, President Sarkozy.  He encouraged the G20 to take up the challenge of innovative financing for development. In the final declaration issued at the summit, G20 leaders agreed that “new sources of funding need to be found to address development needs.” They discussed the innovative financing proposals of Bill Gates, citing various initiatives by member countries to implement taxes that support development, and underscoring the need for the cooperation of the public and private sectors to finance development.


Berlin, Germany
October 21-24, 2011

The Global Network participated in the World Health Summit 2011 in Berlin Germany in late October. Dr. Neeraj Mistry moderated a well attended partnership symposium on Sunday, October 23rd, entitled Opportunities for Linking NTD Control with Control of AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.”  He was joined by Sarah Baird with George Washington University who discussed “Development economics of NTDs versus the “Big Three;” Simon Wright of Save the Children UK who addressed “Strengthening health systems in developing countries through integration;” and GN founding partner, Alan Fenwick, with the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative who addressed “Control and elimination of NTDs and their impact on health and education.”  The Global Network had a series of successful side meetings with German ministry officials, Members of Parliament who serve on the Subcommittee for Health in Developing Countries, a leading pharmaceutical company, two NGOs, and one media outlet, generating interest in NTD control and elimination programs.