Panel - Translating Operational Research into Program Implementation

This entry describes a panel discussion to take place at the annual meeting of the Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases (COR-NTD). Questions for the panel are welcome and can be sent to ctoledo@taskforce.org.

 The neglected tropical disease (NTD) community has set ambitious targets for disease elimination, with some diseases facing a 2020 deadline for verified interruption of transmission. In addition, NTD elimination is built into the United Nations General Assembly’s Sustainable Development Goals, which contain the mandate: “By 2030 end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases, and other communicable diseases.”[1]

While those goals serve as key motivators for both researchers and program implementers, they do not take into the account the feasibility of eliminating NTDs in practice. This panel will discuss barriers to uptake of NTD programs, with the goal of identifying synergies between operational researchers and program implementers to facilitate their success.

Confirmed panelists include:

  • Mark Bradley, GlaxoSmithKline – Panel Chair
  • John Amuasi, African Research Network on Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • Nana-Kwadwo Biritwum, Ghana Health Services
  • Leda Hernandez, Philippines Department of Health
  • Thomas Nutman, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • Emily Wainwright, United States Agency for International Development



[1] United Nations General Assembly (2016) Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. United Nations. Accessed September 15, 2016: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/transformingourworld.