Aims and overview

The global momentum to control or eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases accelerated dramatically following the new, expanded commitments by partners endorsing the recent London Declaration. Supporting WHO’s 2020 Roadmap on NTDs which calls for sustained and expanded programs to eliminate lymphatic filariasis (LF) and trachoma and to control schistosomiasis, soil transmitted helminths (STH), and onchocerciasis, the London Declaration also recognizes the essential role that research must play in achieving these goals, and it calls for new efforts to advance research and development through new partnerships and enhanced collaboration at national and international levels.

Such research is especially critical for those NTD programs targeting disease elimination. As programs reach new stages in the elimination process, new tools and strategies are needed to overcome new challenges and guide both programmatic decision-making and post-intervention surveillance. Many aspects of this needed research are common to all of the current disease-specific NTD initiatives, and therefore the technical approaches to them are in many ways similar. To capitalize on this similarity and to promote both efficiency and effectiveness in the operational research supporting these programs, the NTD Support Center endeavors to:

  1. help focus the NTD research community on its common challenges by creating a network of investigators to identify and prioritize the essential, often cross-cutting NTD research needs

  2. define and undertake a coordinated research initiative targeting these prioritized needs

  3. use the network of researchers and program implementers as an active ‘early warning ’ mechanism to identify and respond to new challenges facing NTD programs

  4. work with the donor community to ensure that support for research is adequate to meet program needs

Visit our Research page to learn more about current projects being supported through this grant. To learn more about the network of NTD researchers, visit the page on the Coalition for Operational Research on NTDs.