About World NTD Day

Originally announced by the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi at the 2019 Reaching the Last Mile Forum, more than 350 partners signed up to mark World NTD Day and demand action to #Beat NTDs: For Good. For All.

Photo: Two survivors of lymphatic filariasis

Why NTDs?

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) threaten more than 1.5 billion people living in the poorest and most marginalized communities worldwide. These diseases blind, disable and disfigure people, taking away not only their health, but also their chances of staying in school, earning a living, or even being accepted by their family or community.

The good news? With the right investments and actions, incredible progress is within reach. Since 2012 alone, 31 countries have eliminated at least one NTD. Today we are reaching more people with NTD treatment than ever before.

By reaching everyone with the solutions we have, and investing to find the solutions we don’t, we can create a world where the 1 in 5 people currently at risk can lead healthy, impactful lives.

  • Buruli ulcer
  • Chagas disease
  • Dengue and Chikungunya
  • Guinea worm disease
  • Echinococcosis
  • Foodborne trematodiases
  • Human African trypanosomiasis
  • Leishmaniasis
  • Leprosy
  • Lymphatic filariasis
  • Mycetoma, chromoblastomycosis and other deep mycoses
  • Onchocerciasis
  • Rabies
  • Scabies and other ectoparasites
  • Schistosomiasis
  • Soil-transmitted helminthiases
  • Snakebite envenoming
  • Taeniasis/Cysticercosis
  • Trachoma
  • Yaws

Source: World Health Organization

Why a World Day? 

Across health and development, world awareness days offer an annual opportunity to mobilize greater attention, action and investment on priority issues, particularly in the countries and communities most directly affected.

NTDs were one of the few health and development issues that didn’t have a dedicated advocacy milestone—until now.

World NTD Day brought together civil society advocates, community leaders, global health experts and policymakers working across the diverse NTD landscape, and unify partners behind our common goal: to #BeatNTDs. For good. For all.

Why Now?

  • 2020 is a decisive year for NTDs. In early 2020, the World Health Organization is expected to launch new NTD goals to guide progress until 2030. In response, leaders will have the opportunity and responsibility to recommit to beating NTDs and put political and financial resources behind their words. However, this won’t happen without the support of a well-organized NTD community driving attention and action consistently in the months ahead. To succeed, we need to start 2020 strong—which is where World NTD Day comes in.
  • 30 January is the anniversary of the landmark 2012 London Declaration on NTDs, which unified partners across sectors, countries and disease communities to push for greater investment and action on NTDs. World NTD Day not only honored this incredible show of support, but will inspire and rally partners each and every year behind the fight to #BeatNTDs.

Who is Supporting World NTD Day?

More than 350 partners from around the globe and across sectors committed to celebrate the first-ever World NTD Day—you can see the full list of partners here.

Funding to launch the first World NTD Day was generously provided by the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi.