30 Jan 2020, SINGAPORE - With more than 1.5 billion people at risk, Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) remain a global problem threatening the world’s poorest, remotest and most marginalised communities. Today, January 30th 2020, marks the 1st World NTD Day which brings together governments, private and public organisations and companies to fight against this preventable and curable issue.
Trillia Networks, a marketplace networks company focused on health and sustainable social impact, is proud to announce its support as a partner to celebrate World NTD Day to draw attention to this global issue. We join over 250 other partners, such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis and The Task Force for Global Health, to celebrate this inaugural event.
Today’s event marks the anniversary of the historic London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases in 2012, the largest coordinated effort to date in health issues. The ambitious project saw officials from the WHO (World Health Organization) and World Bank, with 13 of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, as well as government representatives from the US, UK, UAE, Bangladesh, Brazil, Mozambique and Tanzania participate in a joint meeting to launch the endeavour. The declaration aimed to eliminate or control 10 neglected diseases by 2020 by providing more than US$785 million to support research and development.
Since then, significant strides have been made in the eradication and transmission prevention of NTDs. Thirty-one countries have eliminated at least one NTD, while innovative R&D has sparked new breakthrough drug therapies such as that for lymphatic filariasis. Additionally, the increased data from the past 8 years has allowed more research to be done into the economic benefits of eradicating NTDs. An NIH (National Institutes of Health) study estimates that every dollar invested in NTDs could produce between $27 to $42 in economic benefits, while a WHO report estimates that tackling NTDs could restore around $600 billion in lost economic productivity by 2030.
The movement to end NTDs has become one of the most successful public health initiatives in history because of unprecedented partnerships across government, the private sector, philanthropy and civil society. Yet, despite the success of the London Declaration on NTDs in increasing the profile of NTDs globally, it will be unable to meet most of its core 2020 targets. World NTD Day hopes to reinvigorate stakeholders entrenched in the fight and call on new supporters to help sustain the momentum and finish the job. World Health Organization Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhenom Ghebreysus at the recent Reaching the Last Mile Forum stated that the “last mile of disease elimination is the hardest & most important.”
As a company, Trillia Networks' mission is to deliver marketplace networks that have a lasting and positive impact on world health and the global economy. Speaking about World NTD Day and the health issue as a whole, Dinuke Ranasinghe, CEO of Trillia Networks, stated: “Today provides an amazing opportunity to spread heightened awareness about diseases that are often overlooked and neglected, with far-reaching consequences. It’s in our global interest, not just for the proven economic benefits, but also the positive social impacts, to control and eradicate NTDs. It’s our responsibility to band together, whether in research, funding, policies or technological innovations and make this final push against NTDs. Trillia Networks is proud to be a partner of World NTD Day and to engage in the fight against them.”
Learn more about World NTD Day here and how you can support the cause.