Social Media Toolkit

Primary Hashtags: #WorldNTDDay and #100percentCommitted
Secondary Hashtag: #BeatNTDs

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In the lead up to World NTD Day, help us show the world our solidarity and collective action through posting along with our daily toolkits. Be sure to tag partner organizations and include #WorldNTDDay#100percentCommitted and #BeatNTDs  to boost engagement. Don’t forget to be social and engage with other posts!

WORLD NTD DAY

Today, on #WorldNTDDay, all around the globe we use our collective voice to speak up for 1.7 billion people who are affected by neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Join us and tell the world that we must be #100percentCommitted to #beatNTDs. www.worldntdday.org

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This #WorldNTDDay join us in saying you are #100percentCommitted to ending NTDs. Together, we call on our governments, pharmaceutical companies, donors, research institutions and NGOs to show they will help #BeatNTDs by signing the Kigali Declaration www.100percentcommitted.com

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100% COMMITTED  

We are 100% Committed to ending NTDs. Together, we call on our governments, pharmaceutical companies, donors, research institutions and NGOs to show they are #100percentCommitted to #BeatNTDs by signing the Kigali Declaration on NTDs www.100percentcommitted.com

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Incredible progress has been made to #BeatNTDs, but if we are to reach the @WHO roadmap goals we must all be #100percentCommitted to delivering on the Kigali Declaration on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). This #WorldNTDDay join the movement: www.100percentcommitted.com

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MONUMENT LIGHT UPS

Today monuments around the world will light up to bring awareness to #WorldNTDDay. Neglected tropical diseases still affect 1.7 billion people around the world. We must get the world’s attention and each pledge to be #100percentCommitted to ending NTDs. www.worldntdday.org

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NTDS AND EQUITY

Today on #WorldNTDDay we are calling for free or affordable access to services for neglected tropical diseases to be available to everyone everywhere. #BeatNTDs, achieve health equity for all. www.worldntdday.org

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To #BeatNTDs, we must address treatment, manage disability, and do away with social stigma. Join us this #WorldNTDDay and help achieve health equity for all. www.worldntday.org

PROGRESS AND SUCCESS

Efforts to tackle NTDs are a global health success story, but there is still more work to be done. Starting today on #WorldNTDDay, we must all be #100percentCommitted to 100 countries eliminating an NTD by 2030. Take action: www.100percentcommitted.com

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Today on #WorldNTDDay, we celebrate the 43 countries that have eliminated at least 1 NTD. We are reaching more people with treatment than ever before, but COVID-19 threatens progress. We must all be #100percentCommitted to finishing the job. www.100percentcommitted.com 

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Key Messages

Key messages for World NTD Day and 100% Committed are organized thematically below, with links to relevant social posts. A full messaging guide is also available. 

World NTD Day is a catalyst to translate awareness into action, secure increased resources for NTDs, and – crucially – facilitate political leadership and ownership of NTD programmes by affected countries

More than 100 global monuments will light up this year to bring awareness to World NTD Day, recognizing the goal of the WHO 2030 Roadmap to eliminate at least 1 NTD in 100 countries by 2030

World NTD Day 2022 marks the 10 year anniversary of the London Declaration, the kick off of the Kigali Declaration and the launch of an energizing new global movement to end NTDs, “100% Committed” 

We are 100% Committed to ending NTDs

We are a global movement mobilising financial and political commitments to end NTDs through signatories to the Kigali Declaration on NTDs

Ending NTDs is possible within our lifetime – now is the moment for us all to show our commitment

Over the pats decade, incredible progress has been made against NTDs – a group of 20 diseases that debilitate, disfigure and can kill. Efforts to tackle NTDs are a global health success story, but there is still a lot more work to be done before the world is free of NTDs

Together we call on our governments, parliamentarians, mayors and local governmental leaders, as well as continental and regional bodies, pharmaceutical companies, donors, multilateral organisations, academic and research institutions, non-governmental organisations and young leaders around the world to show that they are 100% Committed to ending NTDs by signing the Kigali Declaration on NTDs and pledging commitments

The London Declaration on NTDs – which was created in 2012 and expired in 2020 – galvanised donor countries, philanthropists, private-sector companies, non-governmental organisations, academia and research organisations into coming together to commit to prioritising NTDs.

Key successes since the London Declaration include:

  • Over one billion people being reached with NTD treatments each year for five years in a row.
  • 34 countries eliminating at least one NTD, bringing the total to date to 43 countries.
  • 600 million fewer people now requiring NTD treatments.

Topline message: Women and girls are already highly disadvantaged in countries where NTDs hit hardest. These diseases keep them out of school, out of work and/or unable to take care of themselves or their families.

Some NTDs disproportionately affect women, meaning scaling up NTD programmes can help to achieve SDGs on gender equality.

When NTDs affect someone in a family, it is most often a woman or girl who has to sacrifice their work or education to look after their sick relative. 

High-risk household activities for NTDs, such as washing clothes in rivers, are typically part of the daily routine of women rather than men.

Research has shown that women are twice as likely to need eye surgery than men.

Women disproportionately suffer social isolation as a result of NTDs, which can cause depression and other mental illnesses.

Intestinal worms can cause anaemia for pregnant women, resulting in a baby born with low birth weight and possibly more serious consequences during birth. Providing deworming to women ensures that they have safer pregnancies with reduced risk of anaemia. 

Bilharzia can lead to female genital schistosomiasis for women, which can triple the risk of HIV. Treating bilharzia in childhood as part of HIV prevention packages reduces the risk of female genital schistosomiasis, which can reduce the risk of new cases of HIV.

Topline message: NTDs prevent children from being able to go to school.

Over one billion children worldwide are at risk of intestinal worms, which have been shown to impair a child’s ability to learn, concentrate and grow.

Deworming school children increases school attendance and raises their future earning potential by 20%.

If governments are serious about getting the world’s most vulnerable children into school, we must remove the barriers that prevent this. School health programmes, such as deworming, are key.

Topline message: To prepare effectively for future pandemics, health systems need to be strong and responsive to the health needs of their populations. NTD programmes strengthen institutions and catalyse lasting transformations in health systems.

COVID-19 has shown how critically important it is to strengthen health systems to improve pandemic preparedness and prevent dire economic consequences.

NTD programmes strengthen health systems, leaving them better prepared to respond to pandemics. They do this by:

– Training health workers to provide high-quality treatment, thus improving primary healthcare in some of the most remote areas of the world. 

– Training local drug distributors and health workers, who are vital for a strong health system and play a crucial role during disease outbreaks (as seen during the 2013 Ebola crisis, and during the COVID-19 pandemic).

– Encouraging referrals to local health facilities, and so ensuring broader, more equitable access to care and services.

– Conducting novel disease surveillance.

It is in the interest of all countries to support efforts to strengthen health systems. Only with strong systems around the world will we be able to prepare for and effectively tackle future outbreaks of deadly infections.

Topline message: When we allow NTDs to spread, the socioeconomic impact in affected countries becomes overwhelming. The inability of those affected to work or attend school – together with social stigma – multiplies the impacts of NTDs on societies.

NTDs are a cause and a consequence of poverty.

It’s unacceptable that diseases of poverty continue to stop children being able to learn.

There were about 20 million DALYs due to NTDs. The number of NTD-related DALYs would be significantly higher if issues such as stigmatisation, mental health (e.g. anxiety and depression) and co-morbidity were considered.

Topline message: Funding to tackle NTDs is one of the best investments in global health.

Funding NTDs is a ‘best buy’ in global health, both in terms of impact (43 countries have eliminated an NTD) and in leveraged funding (the United States Agency for International Development estimates that for every US$1 spent on NTD programmes, US$26 in donated medicines are given through partnerships with pharmaceutical companies).

Interventions to prevent and control NTDs are one of the “best buys” in global public health, yielding an estimated net benefit to affected individuals of about US$ 25 per US$ 1 invested in preventive chemotherapy.

Free or affordable access to NTD services should be available to everyone in need

The burden of NTDs should be fully addressed, including treatment, management of disability, and doing away with stigma and social exclusion

It is essential to acknowledge everyone’s contribution to defeating NTDs – from community volunteers to policymakers

Leadership Quotes

Collaboration across sectors is our greatest strategy in this fight. Share these various quotes from leaders across the space to help us amplify our message.

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On this #WorldNTDDay, we are #100percentcommitted to combatting neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Join us as we collectively raise our voices and commit to taking bold action to put an end to these preventable and treatable diseases that still affect 1.7 billion people around the world. To find out more, visit worldntdday.org

Jimmy Carter, Founder, The Carter Center

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H.E. Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation

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Caroline Harper, CEO, Sightsavers

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Ellen Agler, CEO, The END Fund

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Katey Einterz Owen, Director, Neglected Tropical Diseases, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Tijana Williams, Director of NTD Programs, GSK

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Wendy Harrison, CEO, SCI Foundation

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Dr Babar Qureshi, Director of Inclusive Eye Health and NTDs, CBM

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Simon Bush, Director of NTDs, Sightsavers

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Kat Gulyas, Global Health Communications Specialist, Global Schistosomiasis Alliance

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Girija Sanka, Head of NTDs, CBM and Vice-Chair, NNN

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Martin Fitchet, M.D., Global Head, Global Public Health at Johnson & Johnson

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Raya, Global Health Ambassador, Sesame Workshop

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H.E. Toyin Ojora Saraki, Founder-President, The Wellbeing Foundation Africa

Aïda A. N’DIAYE-RIDDICK, Development Expert, END FUND Champion – EJSC AMUJAE Leaders

Hon. Fatoumatta Njai, Parliamentarian, Women’s Leadership Advocate, The Gambia

Benny Bonsu, Director of Daily Content, Olympic Channel, Global First Ladies Alliance Ambassador, Executive Leadership Advisor

Antoinette Uwimana, Former Director of Women for Women Rwanda

H.E. Mrs Jeanette Kagame

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Branding Guidelines

If you would like to create materials using the World NTD Day logo and visual identity, please be sure all materials are created in accordance with brand guidelines: