Meetings & Events
Meetings and events related to leprosy, neglected tropical diseases and global health issues.
Ending NTDs: Launch of WHO’s 2021 – 2030 Road Map for Neglected Tropical Diseases
28 Jan 2021 | Online
The virtual launch of the new road map for neglected tropical diseases for 2021 – 2030 will take place on Thursday, 28 January 2021, from 14:00 to 16:00 CET. The event will bring together Heads of State, Ministers of Health, WHO Director-General, WHO Regional Directors, dignitaries as well as representatives of partner organizations who continue to support global programmes for the control, prevention, elimination and eradication of these diseases of poverty.
This new road map will support cross-sectoral, integrated interventions, smart investment and community engagement to strengthen and sustain health systems.
World NTD Day
30 Jan 2021 | International
Originally announced by the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi at the 2019 Reaching the Last Mile Forum, more than 350 partners signed up to mark World NTD Day and demand action to #Beat NTDs: For Good. For All. Join us on 30 January 2021, for the second annual World NTD Day, as we celebrate hard-earned progress and take action to #EndtheNeglect and #BeatNTDs.
Webinar: Zero Leprosy for Whom in the Post-COVID World?
26-30 Jan 2021 | Online
With the global spread of the novel coronavirus, initiatives against leprosy in various countries have been discontinued or temporarily scaled back. In order that leprosy is not forgotten amid the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure that efforts against the disease resume in full once the pandemic is over, Sasakawa Leprosy (Hansen’s Disease) Initiative (SLI) believes that it is important for organizations of persons with direct experience of Hansen’s disease to send a message to the world. You are invited to join this 4-day webinar series, taking place 26, 28, 29, and 30 January 2021. The series will be held in English with simultaneous translation in French, Portuguese, and English.
World Leprosy Day 2021
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.
Power of Partnership: Defeating Onchocerciasis
1 Feb 2021 | Online
The virtual event, hosted by the Task Force for Global Health, will feature panel discussions by experts who contributed to the success of onchocerciasis control. Panelists will share the long history of the onchocerciasis control effort, including the diverse, steadfast partnerships that made it possible, as well as lessons learned and best practices to achieve elimination of the disease over the near future.
This event is an exploration of the factors that bred the success of elimination as well as a celebration of the book by author Bruce Benton: Riverblindness In Africa – Taming the Lion’s Stare: defeating oncho in Africa. The event will take place from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST).