Neglected Tropical Diseases and the Post-2015 Development Agenda
April 16th, 2013
“…There is no silver bullet remedy to helping a country break the cycle of poverty, but investing in the health of its population offers one of the best options for unlocking economic potential. With full support both from national governments and from the global community, we can …put an end to NTDs on the African continent [and beyond].”
– John Kufuor, President of the Republic of Ghana (2001-2009)
To reduce human suffering, increase economic prosperity, and achieve greater global equality for more than one billion people afflicted with neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in the developing world, we urge the United Nations High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and other stakeholders engaged in the post-2015 framework process to:
- Recognize that NTD control/elimination will significantly improve the health of the most marginalized communities and strengthen primary health systems, water and sanitation programs, and food security and nutritional efforts.
- Ensure the post-2015 framework includes specific targets and indicators for NTDs for all relevant goals and desired development outcomes.