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 say #NoToNTDs.

Speak Up Africa has partnered with organisations and individuals from private and public sectors alike to increase awareness for Neglected Tropical Diseases and mobilise support in the fight to eliminate them as a public health problem across Africa.

Leading events Francophone African countries, Speak Up Africa is spearheading initiatives with high-level stakeholders, private and civil society organizations, artists and the media, coming together by saying No to NTD.

World NTD Day 2021

30 January 2021, for the second annual World NTD Day, we celebrate hard-earned progress and take action saying #NotoNTDs to #EndtheNeglect and #BeatNTDs.


CSOs are crucial in bringing communities together for collection action. This year, 13 of our CSOs are holding various events on the continent.

Burkina Faso
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Guinea Conakry
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Painting to #EndTheNeglect - a fresco on the basketball court in Ouakam

In Senegal, Speak Up Africa teamed up with creative agency Yard, RBS Crew, the Basketball African League, Ecobank Foundation, Special Olympics and Sarah Diouf, Creative Director and Founder of Tongoro to create a fresco on a basketball court in Ouakam, at the foot of the Monument de la Renaissance, highlighting the neglect in neglected tropical diseases, and bringing attention to these devastating diseases.


Through the Lines of Impact initiative, we are working with 7 talented journalists in 7 west African countries to increase the quantity and quality of articles on NTDs.
Learn more about the journalists.

Lines of Impact

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a group of destructive mostly communicable diseases. They affect the world’s poorest people and are especially common in tropical areas, where people have little access to clean water or proper ways to dispose of human waste.


To mark World NTD Day, and in close collaboration with NTD Programs throughout West Africa, The Monument de la Renaissance in Senegal, Place de la Concertation in Niger, Monument du 22 Novembre in Guinea and the Etoile Rouge in Benin were part of a worldwide campaign, where more than 60 monuments in 40 cities and 24 countries were highlighted in Orange and Purple in a worldwide demonstration of unity in the fight against NTDs.

African Renaissance Monument


Place de l'Etoile Rouge


Place de la concertation


Monument du 22 novembre

Guinea Conakry


Our work with partners is so important in ensuring widespread outreach in the fight against NTDs, to raise awareness amongst their audiences and networks.


Ecobank Transnational Incorporated is the parent company of the Ecobank Group, the leading independent pan-African banking group.

The Ecobank Group employs more than 14,000 staff serving approximately 23 million customers in personal, commercial and corporate banking in 33 African countries. Ecobank was established in Senegal in 1999.

Ecobank has made great committments to the fight against NTDs this World NTD Day, including being a part of a mobilisation event with the Minister of Health in Senegal, and a large scale social media campaign.


Télésud is a French-speaking international news channel with a special focus on Africa. Its two daily television newspapers as well as the programmes political, economic or cultural and the weekly company magazines it produces highlight a solid network of international correspondents. The channel also broadcasts programmes produced in Africa and documentaries from around the world. Télésud can be seen on channel 44 of the Canal + Afrique bouquets and on the website www.telesud.com as well as the replay platforms YouTube and Dailymotion.

As part of World NTD Day, they had a series of activations including a social media campaign, interviews and news coverage of events:

Interviews :

Professor François Bricaire, a French infectiologist, member of the National Academy of Medicine and former head of the Infectious and Tropical Diseases Department of the Salpêtrière | Santé +
(2021, January 26)

Dr. Dieudonné Sankara, team lead for the elimination and eradication of NTDs | Entretien du jour
(2021, January 28)

Dr. Georges Nko’Ayissi, Director for NTDs and Malaria in Cameroon, with a feature of Dr Maria Rebollo Polo, team lead of ESPEN | Television News
(2021, January 29)

Dr Clarisse Bougouma, National Coordinator of the NTD Programme in Burkina Faso | Television News
(2021, January 30)

World NTD Day in Senegal | Television News
(2021, January 30)

World NTD Day 2020

Last year, on the first ever World NTD Day, Guinea and Senegal say “No to NTDs”.

Learn more about World NTD Day 2020