Tell G7 leaders to fund NTD treatment

The leaders of some of the world’s largest economies — members of the G7 — have committed to invest in the control and elimination of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), the most common diseases of the world's poorest people. While some of the G7 countries have stepped forward to fund treatment programs, an additional $220 million is needed for these vital programs annually over the next five years.

Add your name to ask G7 leaders to increase their funding for NTD treatment programs so that these diseases can be controlled and eliminated by 2020.

 

To G7 Heads of State,

Thank you for your commitment to combat neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), which plague more than one billion of the world’s poorest people. We strongly welcome the 2015 G7 Heads of State commitment to “invest in the prevention and control of NTDs in order to achieve 2020 elimination goals.”

It is possible, using existing medications, to control and eliminate many NTDs by 2020. In the last decade, tremendous progress has been made against these debilitating diseases. Thanks to generous drug donations from pharmaceutical companies, funding from several member states of the G7 and increased endemic country leadership, more than 3.5 billion treatments have been distributed since 2012.

But, we are not done yet.

Millions of donated doses of safe and effective NTD treatments are ready to be delivered, but additional funding is needed to ensure they reach every community at risk. To finish the job, only $220 million annually is needed over the next five years.

Shifting our focus away from the modest financial investment required to get donated drugs to communities in need threatens the progress that has been made towards the WHO control and elimination goals. Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States must increase their funding to control and eliminate NTDs.

We strongly urge you to allocate financial resources for NTD treatment programs in endemic countries to ensure the WHO 2020 targets are met.

With your support, we can see the end of these debilitating diseases that rob so many of their potential.

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