Integrated, Coordinated Efforts Across Sectors Critical To Controlling, Eliminating NTDs

Huffington Post: Neglected Tropical Diseases: A Best Buy in Global Health
Ariel Pablos-Mendez, assistant administrator for global health and child and maternal survival coordinator at USAID

“…This year marks 10 years of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) addressing [neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)] and contributing to the WHO Roadmap [to accelerate progress toward NTD control and elimination by 2020]. … While much progress has been made, more work still remains. Integrated efforts that tackle the complex, interrelated challenges across sectors will be increasingly critical. Given the interconnected root causes of NTDs, greater coordination is needed to innovate and build upon our remarkable progress. Furthermore, interventions must continue to build local capacity, be data-driven, and further leverage limited resources. Promoting meaningful partnerships, local solutions, and private financing for health will be pivotal in closing this gap by 2020. Together, we can take global health to new frontiers and put an end to all diseases of extreme poverty” (10/4).