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How to develop a country integrated skin-NTD strategy: identifying and filling the research gaps
The recent launch of the NTD Roadmap 2021-2030 ‘Ending the neglect to attain the Sustainable Development Goals’ by the World Health Organization (WHO) is an important and welcome milestone on the road towards prevention, management, elimination and eradication of NTDs. This Roadmap is the culmination of a large global consultation with a wide range of stakeholders, and sets out the desired path ahead in terms of cross-cutting and disease-specific targets for 20 NTDs to be achieved by 2030.

This new Roadmap follows on from the previous one (2012-2020) and from the 2012 London Declaration, which together have already facilitated great progress within the NTD field, including for skin-NTDs such as Buruli ulcer, cutaneous leishmaniasis, leprosy, lymphatic filariasis, mycetoma, onchocerciasis, podoconiosis, scabies and yaws. However, despite the progress made globally, skin-NTDs still impose large burdens on affected persons, their families and communities, in terms of numerous physical (e.g. disability, pain), social (e.g. stigma, discrimination, exclusion), psychological (e.g. distress, depression, anxiety), and economic (e.g. loss of livelihood) outcomes.

Whilst the new WHO Roadmap lays out global targets for NTDs, , there are still gaps in understanding how best to operationalize these at the country-level and how to translate the global roadmap goals into national targets for NTDs. This will require, sharing of best practices through guidelines and tools, developing NTD strategies within countries, in-country capacity-building, as well as operational research to build scientific knowledge and develop and evaluate effective, integrated interventions that can be implemented within countries in order to achieve the nationally agreed and set global targets for skin-NTDs.

This session aims to identify what research gaps exist in regard to developing in-country integrated skin-NTD strategies, and how these can be filled.

This session takes place from 13:30-16:00 BST

Jun 14, 2021 01:30 PM in London

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