As an organisation that is heavily involved in the fight to eradicate poverty-related and neglected diseases, we are proud  to share with you information on a high-level event in Paris this afternoon!

The event “Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases: A Conversation on Progress” is expected to be one of the most important international meeting on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) since the launch of the London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases in January 2012. For those who cannot make it to Paris today, we will be hosting the webcast and live Q&A at the end of this post! The event will be live from 18:00 – 19:30 Central European Summer Time/12:00 – 13:30 Eastern Daylight Time.

Already announced today as part of the lead-up to the event, donors – including The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Sanofi, Novartis, Merck and Johnson & Johnson – will pledge $240 million of fresh funding for research and development efforts to tackle neglected tropical diseases. You can read more about this development here.

The webcast will feature a conversation with some of the world’s leading voices on NTDs, including:

  • Opening Remarks by:
    • French Minister of Social Affairs & Health Hon. Marisol Touraine
    • Institut Pasteur President Dr. Christian Bréchot
  • Panel Discussion moderated by Institute for Sustainable Development & International Relations Director Dr. Laurence Tubiana with:
    • Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization
    • Jamie Cooper-Hohn, Chair, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation
    • Dr. Tim Evans, World Bank Director of Health, Nutrition and Population
    • Bill Gates, Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
    • Dr. Onésime Ndayishimiye, National Director, Neglected Tropical Disease & Blindness Control Program, Ministry of Health, Burundi
    • Chris Viehbacher, CEO, Sanofi

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We will continue to inform and update you on the latest developments in the field of global health research and development as we work with our partners to make these diseases a thing of the past.

For more information on our activities in this area, check out the DSW website here!