RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — Lisa Rotondo, MPH, a leading global expert in neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) at RTI International, a nonprofit research and global development institute, is available for media interviews in advance of World NTD Day. World NTD Day, recognized annually on Jan. 30, serves as a catalyst to raise awareness on NTDs and the progress to eliminate them globally. World NTD Day received World Health Organization recognition in 2021, making 2022 the first official year as a day of recognition. NTDs are viral, parasitic, and bacterial diseases — such as trachoma and lymphatic filariasis — that impact more than 1.7 billion people globally.
Rotondo can speak to what NTDs are and why they are important, the significance of an annual World NTD Day, and what RTI is doing to treat and eliminate NTDs. She can also provide insights on why it is important to continue to treat these diseases amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and how COVID-19 has influenced and impacted NTD treatment programs.
Rotondo has worked for more than two decades in partnership with local ministries of health, the World Health Organization (WHO), the private sector, and non-governmental organizations to lead and implement programs to address NTDs. She currently serves as the Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Act to End NTDs | East Program, which is implemented by RTI.
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