Meetings & Events

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


International Women’s Day

8 Mar 2021 | International

The theme of International Women’s Day 2021 is “Choose to Challenge.”

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. IWD has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific.

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International Women’s Day 2021 Panel:#ChooseToChallenge inequity in NTD research

8 Mar 2021 | Online

To celebrate International Women’s Day, the Global Schistosomiasis Alliance (GSA), Coalition for Operation Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases (COR NTD), SCI Foundation (SCIF) and the International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases (ISNTD) are excited to invite you to a webinar #ChooseToChallenge inequity in NTD research – on the 8th of March, adopting this year’s theme #ChooseToChallenge.

The webinar will be a panel discussion highlighting the importance of having women from Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) endemic countries working in, and leading, NTD research. While we know this is an important topic for all regions and disciplines, this webinar will focus on African women scientists. Our panel will consist of women scientists at different stages of their research careers, discussing the challenges and barriers for African women in NTD research & health, and hopefully highlighting some things that can be done by the collective NTD community to help remove/overcome these barriers.

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ILEP Members Assembly

10 - 12 Mar 2021 | Online

ILEP member organizations will convene virtually over three days from 10 to 12 March 2021. This meeting is by invitation only.


GPZL Bi-Annual Leadership Team Meeting

17 - 18 Mar | Online

The GPZL Leadership Team will meet virtually over two days.


CUGH Conference: Addressing Critical Gaps in Global Health and Development

12 - 14 Mar 2021 | Online

The CUGH 2021 virtual conference includes keynote speakers, Anthony Fauci, Director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Hugo Lopez-Gatell, Deputy Secretary of Prevention and Health Promotion of Mexico. View the agenda.

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Leprosy Research Initiative Spring Meeting

8 - 9 April 2021 | Online

On Thursday 8 and Friday 9 April 2021 from 13:30 – 17:00 (CET) the Leprosy Research Initiative (LRI) is organising its sixth annual Spring Meeting. This year the event will take place online. During this meeting, the progress and results of currently ongoing LRI funded research projects will be presented to the LRI Scientific Review Committee, the LRI Steering Committee, representatives from all funded research groups, associate partners, and co-financiers. The principal investigators of R2STOP (The Research to Stop Neglected Tropical Diseases Transmission Initiative) funded research projects will join the meeting as well and share their research findings. The meeting also offers opportunities to virtually network with and learn from fellow researchers. Participants will be stimulated to engage in discussions and to share ideas between researchers, funders, and other stakeholders.

The LRI has opened this meeting for external participants – persons with a keen interest in leprosy research who wish to attend but are not otherwise invited. However, virtual seats for external participants are limited. More information about the program of this event and the registration procedure will be provided on the LRI website in the coming weeks.

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Student Hackathon: Spread Truth, Not Disease

11 - 18 Apr | Online

While NTD programs are reaching large numbers of people, they aren’t perfect. For example, NTDs are preventable and treatable, but oftentimes people are unwilling to accept treatment due to disturbing rumors or misinformation they have heard. The Task Force for Global Health is hosting a virtual hackathon, “Spread Truth, Not Disease,” on April 17 to solve this global health communication challenge that countries face today.

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Commonwealth People’s Forum in Rwanda

21 Jun 2021 | Kigali

The 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and associated events will be held in Kigali. The new date agreed with member countries will be the week of 21 June 2021. The Commonwealth People’s Forum is the single largest opportunity for people to engage with Commonwealth leaders on global development issues. Anyone can take part in the Forum. Register for the People’s Forum.

The theme of the forum is ‘Advancing Together: Delivering people-centred governance through the Commonwealth’. The Commonwealth supports the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The People’s Forum 2021 will focus on Sustainable Development Goal 16, ‘Peace, justice and strong institutions’.

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NTD NGO Network Conference

7 Sep - 9 Sep 2021

NTD NGO Network Conference 2021 will be held on 7th – 9th September 2021. Please save these dates in your calendar. Further information will be communicated to you in due course.

As the Covid-19 Global pandemic continues we are closely monitoring the situation. The health and safety of our delegates continues to be our number one priority and as such we are continuing to monitor the World Health Organization advice plus our Security advisor as to how we proceed with the Conference this year. The NNN Executive Committee will make an informed decision in March whether the conference will take place physically in Nepal or once again virtually, and registration will officially open early April.

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Maryland, USA

ASTMH 70th Annual Meeting

17 - 21 Nov 2021 | Maryland, USA

The ASTMH 70th Annual Meeting, being held November 17-21, 2021, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, adjacent to Washington, DC. This will be an in-person meeting with online aspects.

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