World NTD Day

World NTD Day is an awareness day for addressing neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).[1][2]

The first World NTD Day was on January 30, 2020.[3]

January 30 is the anniversary of the landmark 2012 London Declaration on NTDs, which unified partners across sectors, countries and disease communities to push for greater investment and action on NTDs.[3]

2020 is a special year for the global health response to NTDs WHO is expected to launch new goals during the year to guide progress against NTDs until 2030.[3]

Reem Al Hashimi announced the event on behalf of the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on November 19, 2019, at the Reach the Last Mile Forum. The UAE has invested significant sums in efforts to fight NTDs.[4]

On the third World NTD Day in 2022, the Kigali Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases, a successor project of the London Declaration, was announced, and was officially launched by Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda,[5] at the Kigali Summit on Malaria and NTDs.[6][7]


  1. ^ "World Health Assembly adopts decision to recognize 30 January as World NTD Day". Retrieved 30 August 2021.
  2. ^ Hotez, Peter J.; Aksoy, Serap; Brindley, Paul J.; Kamhawi, Shaden (29 January 2020). "World neglected tropical diseases day". PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. 14 (1): e0007999. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0007999. ISSN 1935-2735. PMC 6988912. PMID 31995572.
  3. ^ a b c The Lancet (December 2019). "2020: a crucial year for neglected tropical diseases". The Lancet. 394 (10215): 2126. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(19)33070-3. PMID 31839179.
  4. ^ "Reaching the Last Mile: First world tropical diseases day to highlight plight of millions suffering". The National. November 19, 2019.
  5. ^ "The Kigali Declaration". Uniting to Combat NTDs. Retrieved 2023-01-03.
  6. ^ Burki, Talha (2022-07-02). "New declaration on neglected tropical diseases endorsed". Lancet. 400 (10345): 15. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(22)01237-5. PMID 35780782.
  7. ^ Jesudason, Timothy (2022). "Global commitment to action on NTDs and malaria". The Lancet. 22 (9): 1285. doi:10.1016/S1473-3099(22)00539-4. ISSN 1474-4457. PMID 36029786.

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