What is JAGntd ?

Background

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines 20 communicable diseases as Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). These diseases are especially prevalent in low to middle-income countries in tropical and subtropical regions. More than one billion people are suffering from NTDs worldwide, creating health disparities.

To tackle this critical issue, in 2012 the WHO published a report entitled, ‘Accelerating work to overcome the global impact of neglected tropical diseases: A Roadmap for Implementation (NTDs Roadmap).’ The NTDs Roadmap was considered at the World Health Assembly in 2013 and resolved to eradicate, eliminate, and control 17 NTDs (as of 2012) by 2020.

Accordingly, 13 world leading pharmaceutical companies, government representatives, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the World Bank, came together in 2012 to sign the “London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases.” This declaration states a commitment to eradicate, eliminate, and control 10 NTDs by 2020. At the same time, the organization, Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases, was established to be the central figure to bring global organizations working on NTDs together to support the acceleration and achievement of the London Declaration. NTDs were on the agenda at the G7 summit to raise the profile of NTD programs and to collaborate in the fight against NTDs.

Country level NTD networks have been established in the United States of America, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Switzerland, and Canada. Japan has a long history of tackling NTDs and its experience continues to be seen through the political commitment of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED), the Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS), the Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT Fund), among others. However, a network that connects Japanese NTD-related organizations from the public sector, the private sector, NGOs, and academia does not exist.

For this reason, the significance of establishing a Japanese NTD network was discussed in November 2017 at a symposium of the combined annual conference of Japanese Society of Tropical Medicine, the Japan Association for International Health (JAIH) and the Japanese Society of Travel and Health (JSTH), and in December 2017 at a side event of the Universal Health Coverage Forum. These events raised awareness to establish a Japanese NTDs network with the participation of the different sectors.

The Institute of Tropical Medicine at Nagasaki University took the initiative to establish an alliance of any Japanese organization concerned with NTDs. This alliance is now known as the Japan Alliance on Global Neglected Tropical Diseases (JAGntd). The alliance secretariat will work to promote the visibility and effectiveness of Japan’s contribution to the global NTD programs, serve as a focal point to achieve the WHO goals, and ensure that no one is left behind.

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines 20 communicable diseases as Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). These diseases are especially prevalent in low to middle income countries in tropical and subtropical regions. More than one billion people are suffering from NTDs worldwide, creating health disparities. To tackle this critical issue, in 2012 the WHO published a report entitled, ‘Accelerating work to overcome the global impact of neglected tropical diseases: A Roadmap for Implementation (NTDs Roadmap).’ The NTDs Roadmap was considered at the World Health Assembly in 2013, and resolved to eradicate, eliminate, and control 17 NTDs (as of 2012) by 2020. Accordingly, 13 world leading pharmaceutical companies, government representatives, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the World Bank, came together in 2012 to sign the “London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases.” This declaration states a commitment to eradicate, eliminate, and control 10 NTDs by 2020. At the same time, the organization, Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases, was established to be the central figure to bring global organizations working on NTDs together to support the acceleration and achievement of the London Declaration. NTDs were on the agenda at the G7 summit to raise the profile of NTD programs and to collaborate in the fight against NTDs.

What is JAGntd?

Japan Alliance on Global NTDs (JAGntd) is an alliance consisting of organizations and individuals working towards the global effort of eradication, elimination, and control of NTDs, and promotes Japan’s contribution to global NTD work.

Vision

JAGntd will contribute to the global targets of NTDs as established stated by the WHO.

Mission

JAGntd will promote the visibility and effectiveness of Japan’s contribution to the global NTD programs.