Meetings & Events

Meetings and events related to leprosy, neglected tropical diseases and global health issues.

Virtual

WHO Global consultation with National Leprosy Programme managers, partners and affected persons on Global Leprosy Strategy 2021‒2030

26 Oct 2020 - 30 Oct 2020 | Online

Virtual meetings will be held for 2.5 hours on four consecutive days at two different times. This will allow participants in different countries to participate at reasonable hours. Both sessions will have identical programmes. The ‘West’ session will cover Africa, Europe and the Americas while the ‘East’ session will cover Asia and the Pacific. The‘West’ session will include translation in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian. The ‘East’ session will be in English only. Register here.

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Virtual

COR-NTD Pre-session: Addressing Stigma and the Mental Health Burden of NTDs: Country Examples of Integrated Care

2 Nov 2020 | Online

Stigma can affect all aspects of NTD control, including health-seeking behaviour, case detection, uptake and adherence of treatment, prevention of disabilities and social inclusion. While the causes of stigma may differ between NTDs, the manifestations and consequences are remarkably similar across cultures and diseases. This is especially true for the impact on mental health. The cross-cutting nature of these problems offers opportunities for cross-NTD learning regarding stigma reduction strategies, and for joint interventions to address the psychosocial consequences and promote social inclusion of all persons affected by NTDs. While there are some gaps in evidence, it is clear that, as with other chronic diseases, addressing stigma and mental health holds the possibility of improving overall health outcomes, and contributing not only to quality of life for people affected, but to the elimination agenda. However, despite the relationship between mental health and NTDs growing increasingly clear, interventions that take an integrated approach are still far and few between.

This pre-session aligns with the anticipated World Health Organization’s Road Map for Neglected Tropical Diseases (2021-2030), which is expected to intensify cross-cutting approaches incorporating mental health care, social support structures, and stigma reduction. The session will share experiences from different disease domains and country contexts, to show how projects have taken different approaches to addressing mental health and psychosocial wellbeing using existing NTD care structures.

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Virtual

WHO NTD Webinar: Optimizing One Health and the Global Vector Control Response

10 Nov 2020 | Online

The World Health Organization is hosting a series of webinars about the new road map for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). This webinar is about the Global Vector Control Response (GVCR). How can a One Health and GVCR approach help reach the 2030 road map goals?

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Virtual

Coalition for Operational Research on NTDs (COR-NTD) 2020

12 Nov 2020 | Online

COR-NTD meets formally each year in conjunction with the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene conference, with participation from researchers, the World Health Organization, country program managers, implementers, and donors. Working groups comprised of NTD experts from a wide range of backgrounds conduct discussions at the annual COR-NTD meeting and throughout the year on key themes, providing important guidance on the NTD research agenda. COR-NTD 2020 is scheduled for November 12-14 as a virtual meeting. New attendees can register for the attendee waitlist.

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Virtual

ASTMH Annual Meeting: #TROPMED20

15 November 2020 | Online

The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) is holding their 2020 annual meeting online. This year the meeting will be presented through a combination of livestream and pre-recorded sessions, with special sessions on COVID-19, Planetary Health, and Race and Social Justice in Tropical Medicine. Registration opens in August.

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Virtual

WHO NTD Webinar: Partnerships to overcome NTDs

02 Dec 2020 | Online

The World Health Organization is hosting a series of webinars about the new road map for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). The fourth webinar in the series explores the role that partnerships play in NTDs and rolling out the new roadmap.

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Virtual

WHO NTD Webinar: The leadership needed to stimulate the battle against NTDs

16 Dec 2020 | Online

The World Health Organization is hosting a series of webinars about the new road map for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). This webinar is about partnerships to overcome NTDs: what role do partnerships play in NTDs and rolling out the new roadmap?

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International

World Leprosy Day

31 Jan 2021 | International

World Leprosy Day takes place on the last Sunday of January* worldwide. On World Leprosy Day we raise public awareness of leprosy, including the medical and social implications of the disease and the rights of persons affected. Social media campaigns, community parades, school programming, and cultural events are held around the world in the weeks leading up to World Leprosy Day.

*In India, World Leprosy Day is celebrated on 30 January, the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s death.