What we do

The UK Coalition against Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) is a collaborative partnership between UK organisations actively engaged in the implementation, capacity building and research of neglected tropical disease control at scale.

Global context
  • NTDs impose a significant burden on the world’s poorest people through mortality, disability, stigma, reduced educational and employment opportunities
  • NTDs are both a cause and consequence of poverty. Reducing the burden and impact of NTDs is a key component of promoting economic development and attaining the Millennium Development Goals
  • Highly cost-effective interventions are available for several of these diseases supported by long term donations of safe drugs from the pharmaceutical industry
  • The development of national plans for NTD control and ensuring endemic country ownership of all NTD control strategies is critical

Our aims
  • To raise awareness among UK, European, international policy makers and the broader health community of NTDs as a key barrier to attainment of the MDGs and poverty alleviation
  • To influence policy decisions to best support effective approaches for the long term sustainable control of NTDs
  • To ensure that NTD control is included within national, regional and international health and development frameworks
  • To create a strong collective identity within the UK on NTD control, supported by organisations delivering and supporting public health interventions to communities in extreme poverty
  • To expand the numbers of organisations committed to supporting NTD control both within and outside the health sector