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Politicians and NTDs


Politicians and NTDs

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Mr. John Kufuor, President of the Republic of Ghana (2001-2009) and the Global Network’s Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) Special Envoy, traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with members of Congress in order to continue to raise awareness of the impact of NTDs.

Dr Margaret Chan, WHO’s Director-General, addressed the Sixty-fifth World Health Assembly on 21 May 2012, stressing the importance of national ownership and leadership in bringing neglected tropical diseases “from obscurity into the limelight”.

Jarbas Barbosa at the London Declaration Brazil's pledge to the London Declaration is sure to stimulate greater efforts within the region and elsewhere. The Ministry of Health's new national integrated plan for the control and elimination of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) will complement the government's plan for a 'Brasil sem Miséria' ('Brazil without Poverty') brilliantly and will influence the regional and global NTD community, as demonstrated in London.

Baroness Helene Hayman speaks at the House of Lords on NTDs

UK Member of Parliament (MP) Jeremy Lefroy urged international action to combat neglected tropical diseases during a Parliamentary debate. Mr. Lefroy is also the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Malaria and NTDs (APPMG) and a member of the Sabin Foundation Europe Board of Trustees.