IMA World Health/ Ann Varghese

The Neglected Tropical Disease NGDO Network (NNN) held their annual meeting in Sydney, Australia from September 4-6. The meeting was hosted by NGDO partner, the Fred Hollows Foundation.

As a supporting organization IMA sent two representatives to this important meeting, Dr. Sarla Chand (Vice President of Programs), and Ann Varghese (Sr. Program Officer and Vice Chair of the LF NGDO Network).

The NNN was established in October 2009 to create a global forum for nongovernmental development organizations (NGDOs) working to control onchocerciasis, lymphatic filariasis, schistosomiasis, soil transmitted helminths, and trachoma. These Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) share a common strategy of community-based health interventions that can be integrated to strengthen health care systems. The annual meeting allows NGDOs, research/academic institutes, and donors to come together to discuss technical, programmatic, and advocacy related issues that pertain to the control and elimination of NTDs. There is also an opportunity for disease groups to meet separately to discuss issues that are relevant to their specific diseases.

IMA World Health is an implementing partner in the USAID-funded Neglected Tropical Disease and Control Program, focusing efforts on Haiti, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo.