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.


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


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

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.