Panel - Women and Girls in Focus

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 Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) community is committed both to ending these diseases of poverty and to ensuring that no one is left behind. This includes improving knowledge about the impact that NTDs and NTD interventions have on women and girls of all ages, in all regions of all countries. To spearhead this effort, a range of stakeholders met in London, 27–28 July 2016 for the Women and Girls in Focus meeting to explore the topic of women and girls in NTDs by evaluating existing evidence and defining a path forward (see list of participants at Annex 1). The objectives of the meeting were to gather and assess:

1.            Existing qualitative and quantitative research evidence to demonstrate the impact of NTDs on women and girls;

2.            Evidence about the role/impact of women on the delivery of NTD programs; and

3.            Evidence of access and equity of NTDs interventions for women and girls

This panel will share the outcomes of the discussions from this meeting and the actions that should be taken by the NTD communities to further document and support the equity of NTD programs with a focus in two areas.

  1. Improving the Way We Work. There are existing areas that can be incrementally changed that would have a significant impact and support the women and girls and NTDs agenda. Perhaps the most foundational changes are around data collection and use. With the following areas addressed, our ability to have further insights into next steps will be greatly enhanced, either in supporting advocacy messaging or identifying and addressing gaps.
  2. Taking the next steps. In parallel to what can be done in the NTD community’s current work, there are a few recommendations that would require additional support in the medium term.

The panel will give short remarks and the take open questions from the audience and welcome comments from other participants.

Confirmed panelists include:

  • Mwele Malecela,  National Institute for Medical Research, Tanzania – panel chair
  • Julie Jacobson, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Thomson Lakwo, Ministry of Health - Uganda
  • Pamela Mbabazi, World Health Organization
  • Thoko Pooley, Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • Anna Wickenden, AIM Initiative