Founding Partners

The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases was founded in 2006 by seven organizations who strive to better the lives of disadvantaged populations. Through advocacy and resource mobilization, the Global Network brings the issue of NTDs to the forefront in hope to one day see a world free of these diseases of poverty.

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) was the first institution in the world dedicated to tropical disease. As a registered charity, LSTM works in over 60 countries worldwide to improve the health of the world's poorest people, helping to bring research innovation and scientific breakthroughs from the lab to those most in need. LSTM works to combat diseases such as TB, HIV/AIDS, malaria, dengue and lymphatic filariasis, and is supported by a research orderbook of £192 million. LSTM is also a teaching institution, attracting more than 500 students from over 50 countries each year, from PhD research and Masters programs to a range of short courses.

The Earth Institute at Columbia University

The Earth Institute garner resources needed to tackle some of the world's most difficult problems, from climate change and environmental degradation, to poverty, disease and the sustainable use of resources. Focusing on the protection of earth's environment and the spread of social and economic opportunities for all people, through scientific research, education and practical solutions, The Earth Institute, Columbia University, is working to help lead the world onto a path toward sustainability. The Earth Institute holds the belief that dealing with issues such as extreme poverty must involve tackling issues such as environmental degradation, and lack of access to health care and education.

Helen Keller International

Founded in 1915 by Helen Keller and George Kessler, Helen Keller International (HKI) is among the oldest international NGOs (non-governmental organizations) devoted to preventing blindness and reducing malnutrition in the world. Currently working in Africa, the Asia-Pacific region, and the United States, HKI is committed to eradicating preventable blindness and ensuring that children and adults no longer suffer the debilitating effects of poor nutrition. By creating systemic and sustainable change that fosters both immediate and long-term impact, HKI works in 22 countries to save the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.

International Trachoma Initiative

The International Trachoma Initiative (ITI) was founded in 1998 in response to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) call to eliminate blinding trachoma by 2020 (GET2020). Founded by Pfizer and the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, ITI is solely dedicated to the elimination of blinding trachoma. To achieve that goal, ITI collaborates with governmental and nongovernmental agencies at the local, national and international levels to implement the WHO-recommended SAFE strategy for trachoma control (Surgery; Antibiotics—using donated Zithromax®; Facial cleanliness; and Environmental improvement). ITI advocates and mobilizes resources for SAFE in efforts to expand the use of this strategy to eliminate trachoma and improve the lives of impoverished populations.

Schistosomiasis Control Initiative

The Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI) aims to control or eliminate the seven most prevalent NTDs within Sub-Saharan Africa. Through delivering treatment for schistosomiasis and intestinal worms to millions of sub-Saharan Africans at high risk of serious disease, SCI has facilitated delivery of approximately 40 million treatments of praziquantel against schistosomiasis, and many more deworming doses of albendazole. Working with ministries of health, SCI establishes national control programs, and several other countries implement smaller pilot projects. Funded by a £20 million award from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, SCI promotes integrated NTD control to expand coverage to treat many more vulnerable people.

The Task Force for Global Health

The Task Force for Global Health was founded as the Task Force for Child Survival in 1984. Historically, the Task Force’s legacy of neutral convener and collaborator has remained. Task Force programs include work in the areas of disease eradication and control, child well being, global health collaboration, and public health informatics. In each of these areas, collaboration with partners and communities around the world has taken place to provide and improve the resources necessary for better global health for those in need.