About the movement

Combating NTDs and reaching all communities in need can put countries on the pathway to achieving universal health coverage. Where there is poverty, NTDs are commonly an accepted part of life. But this is not inevitable, nor should we accept it. In this sense, the “No to NTDs” movement aims to:

  • 1.

    Increase overall political and private sector engagement to NTDs to increase domestic resources for NTDs.

  • 2.

    Strengthen the capacity of civil society organizations, including youth led groups, to make NTD decision-making spaces more inclusive.

  • 3.

    Create an enabling environment at the national level for increased prioritization of NTD elimination.

High-Level Commitments to Eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases

  • January 2012

    On 30 January 2012, pharmaceutical companies, donors, endemic countries and non-government organizations came together to sign the London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases. Together, they committed to control, eliminate or eradicate 10 diseases by 2020 and improve the lives of over a billion people.

  • African union, december 2014

    Ministers from 26 African countries gathered in Ethiopia to sign the Addis Ababa Commitment on Neglected Tropical Diseases. Through this commitment, they pledged to increase domestic investments, strengthen NTD program goals, work towards global control and elimination targets and use the NTD's network to strengthen their overall health systems.

  • April 2017

    TOGO became the first nation in sub sahara to be certified for the succesful elimination of lymphatic Filariasis as a public health problem.

  • commonwealth, april 2018

    Leaders of Commonwealth countries gathered in London for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and committed to take action towards achieving access to quality eye care for all, including eliminating blinding trachoma by 2020.

  • June 2018

    GHANA eliminated trachoma freeing millions from suffering and blindness. It is the first in WHO’s African Region to achieve this milestone.

  • forum on china-africa cooperation, august 2018

    During the High-Level Meeting on China-Africa Health Cooperation, Health Ministers from China and several African countries agreed to cooperate to eliminate schistosomiasis through the launch of a new and re- emerging infectious diseases programme to prevent the disease in Africa.

  • organization of la francophonie, october 2018

    In Armenia, 57 countries committed to eliminating neglected tropical diseases through the adoption of a resolution at the XVIII Summit of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF).

  • NTD CSO Coalition, July 2019

    The creation of the NTD coalition of Civil Service Societies to improve governance at both national and regional levels, build accountability and increase ownership of NTD -related issues.

  • Regional Meeting of the Civil Society Network says "No to NTDs", July 2021

    Expansion of the geographical coverage of the Civil Society Network says “No to NTDS” with the membership of three (3) Civil Society Organizations from Burkina Faso and three (3) from Benin plus one (1) more from Niger, on July 05, 2021 in Dakar during the Civil Society Action Plan Development Workshop.
    Since then, the number of members of the Coalition has increased from 06 to 15 CSOs.

  • Launch of the "March to Kigali Campaign", March 2022

    Launched by Speak Up Africa, the " March to Kigali" campaign is led primarily by civil society organizations working in public health, specifically around the fight against NTDs and malaria to galvanize a movement in the lead-up to the Commonwealth Heads of State Summit (CHOGM) in Kigali.It includes political engagement, private sector engagement and civil society engagement.

  • Kigali Summit on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), June 2022

    On the sidelines of the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Rwanda, the Kigali Summit on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) was held. On NTDs, the summit endorsed the Kigali Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases, which galvanized the political will and financial commitments needed to achieve the World Health Organization (WHO) Roadmap on NTDs (2021-2030). The Declaration secured more than $1.4 billion in financial commitments from donors, endemic country governments, pharmaceutical companies, and nonprofit organizations, with donations of 18 million tablets and more than $500 million in related health products.

  • November 2022

    At the 18th Francophonie Summit in Djerba, Speak Up Africa brought together over 200 stakeholders around a hybrid roundtable for a call to action for member countries to reaffirm their support for the 2018 resolution and accelerate implementation of their commitments to eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases.

  • World NTD Day, January 2023

    To mark the fourth annual World NTD Day, held on January 30th, Reaching the Last Mile and Speak Up Africa launched the youth leadership initiative and co-hosted the first in a series of youth talks in Kaolack, Senegal. The Talk brought together young advocates, government leaders, civil society, and private sector representatives to debate how young people can best be engaged in decision-making spaces to help cross the last mile of NTD elimination. Strong recommendations were made to local authorities and policy makers on the need for capacity building of targets and the importance of involving youth in the national effort to eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases.

  • December 2023

    Global donors at the 2023 Reaching the Last Mile Forum pledged a collective US$777.2 million to help control, eliminate, and eradicate neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), in a landmark push to accelerate progress towards achieving the goals outlined in the World Health Organization’s 2030 roadmap on NTDs.


The No to NTD Movement is a grassroot movement aimed at increasing awareness, prioritization and national commitment to accelerate the control and elimination of NTDs in Africa. This movement showcases the critical role each and every one of us has to play to eliminate neglected tropical diseases.


ESPEN: Accelerating NTDs Elimination in Africa

The ESPEN partnership regroups diverse public and private institutions, which all strive to protect 600 million people across Africa from these diseases.

For An Africa Free of Neglected Tropical Diseases

With country ownership and leadership of their control and elimination programs as a guiding principle, ESPEN contributes to the broader WHO target of universal health coverage, long-term sustainability and strengthening of health systems.

Mansoura et Totossa

Mansoura a 11 ans et habite dans le village de N’dounga Tarey à 30 kilomètres de Niamey, la capitale du pays. Mansoura est touchée par la schistosomiase ou bilharziose, une maladie chronique, provoquée par des vers parasites qui se transmet lorsque des individus, souffrant de la bilharziose, contaminent les sources d’eau avec leurs excréments. L’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) estimait qu’en 2016, au moins 206 millions de personnes nécessitaient un traitement préventif contre la schistosomiase. Écran noir numéro 7, écriture blanche
La bilharziose fait partis d’un groupe de maladies que l’on appelle les maladies tropicales négligées. Elles affectent 1,5 milliard de personnes à travers le monde.

January 2020, World NTD Day

Together, we celebrated hard-earned progress and take action to #BeatNTDs: For good. For all.