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About us

The Neglected Tropical Disease NGO Network (NNN) was established in October 2009 to create a global forum for non-governmental organisations working to control onchocerciasis, lymphatic filariasis, schistosomiasis, soil transmitted helminths, and trachoma. Other diseases including leprosy and podoconiosis have since joined the forum. These Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) share common strategies including community-based health interventions that can be integrated to strengthen health care systems.

NTDs are a group of treatable and preventable diseases that continue to affect over one billion of the world's most impoverished, marginalized people living in remote communities. Non-governmental organisations play a key role in the fight against these diseases. 

The NTD NGO Network is a global forum for NGOs to contribute to the global control, elimination, and management of consequences of NTDs outlined within the internationally agreed World Health Organisation NTD Roadmap

Our vision is a world free of NTDs.

Our purpose is to enhance the contribution of NGOs towards that vision. 

Our objectives to achieve our vision and purpose are

  1. To be the unified NGO voice on common issues to achieve our NTD goals. 
  2. To enhance our community of practice through membership engagement, learning and sharing knowledge. 

Our values of participation, legitimacy, creativity and independence guide our NNN community in achieving these objectives. 

Our membership is open to any NGO or academic institution that is engaged in the fight against NTDs. Other organisations are welcome to join our work as active observers. 

NNN is governed by an Executive Committee, comprised of representation of various NGO disease-specific groups and working groups that will enable the network to successfully meet the objectives of NNN. 

Read our framework for engagement here