By Russell Stothard
There will be a strong COUNTDOWN presence at this year’s annual Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) (COR-NTD) meeting and the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene conference. COUNTDOWN researchers have helped to develop elements of the research agenda within each meeting, and several members of our team are attending.
At the COR-NTD meeting (22-23 October 2015), there will be two specific events organised by COUNTDOWN:
- How can we make Universal Health Coverage truly universal? Equity, gender, disability, and NTDs
- Looking beyond School-Aged Children for schistosomiasis and STH control and elimination
We intend to provide live feedback during these events through our twitter account using the hashtags: #COR_NTD2015, #NTDequity and #SCH_STH.
During the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Conference (25-29 October 2015), there will be several posters and talks given by COUNTDOWN researchers. A highlight of this will be the session co-chaired by Nana Kwadwo-Biritwum, Preventive Chemotherapy for NTDs is Necessary but Not Sufficient: Complementary Interventions that are Key for NTD Control and Elimination. This session will discuss how complementary interventions, that synergise with preventive chemotherapy campaigns, are needed to accelerate towards WHO 2020 targets.
On Monday 26 October 13:45-15:30 there will be a special symposium chaired by WHO and USAID which considers, Global NTD elimination: The sprint towards the 2020 goals – five years out. We are certain that COUNTDOWN will make a significant contribution to these discussions drawing attention to better inter-sectoral dialogue and health-system strengthening.