A global movement to end Neglected Tropical Diseases

30 January 2023

Photo courtesy of: Carter Center / Louise Gubb

Act now. Act together. Invest in neglected tropical diseases

Join us on 30 January 2023, for the fourth annual #WorldNTDDay.

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, 47 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.

This year, we invite you to:

ASK: Let’s make our voices heard. Ask governments, world leaders, and those in power to act now, act together and invest in neglected tropical diseases.

ACT: Everyone has a key role to play. By bringing renewed attention to NTDs, building political will and mobilising resources, and putting individuals and communities at the centre of the response, we can collectively generate the attention and resources needed to deliver against the targets outlined in the WHO 2030 NTD road map and SDG3. This includes eradicating two diseases, eliminating one disease in 100 countries, and decreasing the number of people requiring interventions for NTDs by 90%.

100% Committed

In 2022, Uniting to Combat NTDs launched the 100% Committed movement on 27 January, just ahead of World NTD Day. 100% Committed exists to begin securing political and financial commitments behind the Kigali Declaration on NTDs. The Kigali Declaration, a high-level political declaration, provides the opportunity to mobilise the political will, community commitment, resources and action needed to end unnecessary suffering from NTDs.

Join us to show that you are #100percentCommitted to beating NTDs.

World NTD Day 2022

102 Landmarks, 43 Cities, 32 Nations

Building on the spirit of global collective action, in 2022, 100 remarkable landmarks representing 26 nations in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America lit up in support of putting an end to debilitating and preventable diseases. 

An Energising Global Movement

World NTD Day aims to mobilise political will and secure commitments to eliminate NTDs in support of the WHO’s NTD Roadmap 2021-2030, including the elimination of at least 1 NTD from 100 countries by 2030.

Join us on World NTD Day 2022 as we Light Up the World in an effort to combat NTDs and ensure a brighter future for all.