April 2, 2012

Neglected Tropical Diseases to be Discussed at Policy Forum

Highlights

  • RTI International will host a policy forum to discuss international efforts to control neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)
  • "The Next Frontier in NTD Control: Implementing the Roadmap from the London Declaration's 2020 Goals" will be held on April 11
  • The event will take place at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Media Contacts

  • News@rti.org
  • Lisa Bistreich-Wolfe
    919-316-3596
  • Kami Spangenberg
    919-485-5606
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Leading experts will gather at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., April 11, to discuss international efforts to control neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).

A consortium of government development agencies, pharmaceutical companies and funding organizations recently announced a new, coordinated push to accelerate progress toward eliminating or controlling 10 NTDs by the end of the decade.

The policy forum, titled "The Next Frontier in NTD Control: Implementing the Roadmap from the London Declaration's 2020 Goals," will bring together thought leaders who represent public, private and academic communities to discuss progress being made and next steps for NTD control programs in order to reach the 2020 goals.

The event, held from 8:30 to 10 a.m., is being hosted by RTI International.

Speakers include Paul Emerson, Ph.D., director, Trachoma Control Program, The Carter Center; Julie Jacobson, M.D., senior program officer for infectious diseases, Global Health Program, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Eric Ottesen, M.D., technical director, NTD Control Program, RTI International; and Angela Weaver, M.P.H., infectious disease technical advisor, United States Agency for International Development.

Richard Reithinger, Ph.D., senior director of infectious disease programs at RTI International, will moderate the program.

The event is the first forum of a seminar series that is exploring a variety of pressing public policy challenges facing our society.

The event is free and open to the public.

To attend the neglected tropical diseases policy forum, please register at www.rti.org/register/policyforum1. More information on the event can be found here.

For those who can't attend the event in person, follow #RTINTDCONTROL on Twitter.