Global Action

Virtual Event Series

This January 30th is World NTD Day, which aims to raise global awareness for the urgent need to end Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). As part of this global day of recognition, Reaching the Last Mile invites you to join us in this series of virtual events to explore issues that intersect with a group of diseases that impact one out of every five people worldwide.

Societal impact of NTDs: in partnership with NYU

28 January

10-11 AM ET / 3 – 4 PM GMT 

Partnering with NYU Abu Dhabi, this session will explore the broader societal impact of conditions like NTDs, including their economic, educational, and psychological implications. The session will also review how these preventable group of diseases can create cycles of poverty and cost developing nations billions of dollars every year and will highlight the policy changes that are needed to end NTDs. 


The Power of Partnerships: UAE & The Carter Center Celebrate 30 Years

27 January

9-10 AM ET / 2-3 PM GMT 

For 30 years the UAE-Carter Center partnership has made measurable impact to improve lives and has expanded to eliminate additional neglected tropical disease (NTD) that affect the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities. Hear reflections on the power of partnership and the critical role it plays in accelerating progress to beat NTDs.


Partner Events

Partners around the world are conducting many activities in celebration of World NTD Day, showcasing the truly global fight to eliminate these diseases. Learn more and find ways you can get involved.


Country: Burkina

30 January / 02:00

Our activity will focus on a caravan for the fight against trachoma and lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem in Burkina. This year, the caravan will take place outside the city, especially in the villages most affected by NTDs. This caravan will crisscross with posters featuring images of trachomatous trichiasis that causes blindness, posters featuring images of scrotal elephantiasis, and lymphatic filariasis athlete’s feet. We will also do articles in the print media and short videos. Please note: this activity will be French language.

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Country: United States / Brazil

30 January / 06:00

World NTD Day Celebration with De-Neglect. Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a group of preventable, treatable diseases that can steal people of their health, livelihood & sense of dignity. On January 30th, join us and hundreds of partners on celebrating the world-wide dedication to eliminate NTDs and its progress by spreading awareness!

We will be celebrating by posting infographics, sharing the latest news on NTDs, hosting a watch party for an infomercial on one of the NTDs, scabies, along with a Q&A section.

• Jan 30 @ 11am PST: YouTube premiere
• Jan 30 @ 7pm PST: Zoom screening and live Q&A

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CVM Comunità Volontari per il Mondo

Country: Ethiopia / Tanzania

30 January / 02:00

This round table discussion, featuring international guests, will seek to raise awareness on NTDs, as well as explore challenges and encourage initiatives for sharing and collaboration. Please note: this activity will be Italian language.

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Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine

Country: Germany / Madagascar

29 January / 17:00

Round table organized by the BNITM : Operational and implementation Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) research: A field perspective.

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Monument Light-Ups

On World NTD Day, more than 50 landmarks across 25 nations will light up to draw attention to the 1.7 billion people around the world still suffering from neglected tropical diseases. See below to find a monument near you, and post photos to your social channels if you see one of these illuminated monuments in your own city. Be sure to include #beatNTDs and #EndTheNeglect.




Time (local) 

Tokyo TowerTokyoJapan1700-2400
Mt InasaNagasakiJapan1730 -2200
Megami Big BridgeNagasakiJapan1730 – 2200
Spectacles BridgeNagasakiJapan1730-2200
N Seoul TowerSeoulKorea 1900-2100
Citi Group TowerShanghaiChina1800-2300
Great Wall of ChinaBeijingChina1700-1900
Navamindrapobitr 84th Anniversary BuildingBangkokThailand 1900 -2400
KL Tower Kuala LumpurMalaysia2000-2400
Burj Al ArabDubaiUAE1800-2400
Dubai FrameDubaiUAE1800-2400
ADNOCAbu DhabiUAE1800-2400
Khalifa UniversityAbu DhabiUAE1800-2400
Alain Municipality Abu DhabiUAE1800-2400
ADGM Sawah tower Abu DhabiUAE1800-2400
Sheikh Zayed Bridge Abu DhabiUAE1800-2400
Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium Abu DhabiUAE1800-2400
Mohammed Alkhamis Univ Abu DhabiUAE1800-2400
W Abu Dhabi – Yas IslandAbu DhabiUAE1800-2400
Marina Mall Abu DhabiUAE1800-2400
Etihad ArenaAbu DhabiUAE1800-2400
Emirates PalaceAbu DhabiUAE1800-2400
Kingdom TowerRiyadhKSA1745-2400
Treasury in PetraPetraJordan1800-2400
Giza PyramidsCairoEgypt2100-2300
Place De La Gar CentralKinsashaDRC 
Place  de la ConcertationNiamyNiger 1800-1900
Leaning Tower of PisaPisaItaly1730-2230
Maschio Angioini (New Castle )Naples Italy1800-2400
Piazza del PlebiscitoNaples Italy1800-2400
Palazzo LombaardiaMilan  
Palazzo PirelliMilanItaly1730- 0600
Jet d’EauGenevaSwitzerland1730-2230
Bayer HQBerlinGermany1600-2200
Sony Berlin Centre BerlinGermany1700-1900
Nibelungen GateWormsGermany1700-2000
Abbey and Altenmunster of LorschLorschGermany 
Old Mill de ZoekerZaanstadNetherlands1700-2130
City HallParisFrance 1800-2200
Tower 42LondonUK 
Kigali  Convention Center KigaliRwanda 
Monument 22 Novembre ConarkyGuinea1800-1900
African Reniassance MonumentDakar Senegal1800-1900
Christ the RedeemerRio de JanieroBrazil 2030-2200
Bloomberg TowerNew York CityUSA1630-2400
UAE EmbassyWashington, DCUSA 
Jimmy Carter Boyhood HomePlains, GAUSA1800-0600
Main StreetPlains, GAUSA1800-0600
Georgia Southwestern UniversityAmericus, GAUSA1800-0600
Mercedes Benz StadiumAtlantaUSA1800-0600
Ferris Wheel, Centennial ParkAtlantaUSA1800-0600
Carter Center and LibraryAtlantaUSA18700-0600
Willis TowerChicagoUSA1700-2400
Columbia Center Tower Seattle USA1200-2400
T-Mobile StadiumSeattle USA 
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Campus Seattle USA 
CN TowerTorontoCanada1730-2400
Calgary TowerCalgary Canada1730-0330
Etoile RougeCotonouBenin 
Qutub MinarDelhiIndia 
Plaza del ZocaloMexico CityMexico 
Tallinn  TowerTallinnEstonia 
Kigali  Convention Center KigaliRwanda1800-2300