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NTDs and COVID-19: impact, response, perspectives
Discussions will focus on the relationship between COVID-19 and neglected tropical disease (NTDs) since the beginning of the pandemic. The webinar will consist of three main sessions, dedicated to impact, response and perspectives. Speakers will highlight the impact of COVID-19 on NTD services. As we are aware, NTD programmes are among the most severely affected across the whole health system, notably in developing countries. We will highlight the collateral damages produced by the pandemic beyond COVID-19 morbidity and death and illustrate the likely mid-to-long-term consequences of the interruption of NTD activities, notably recrudescence of transmission and its possible consequences on the achievement of milestones and targets set by the 2021-2030 road map.

We will also look at the response of WHO’s and of the global partners community in mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on NTD programmes. This includes WHO guidance on adaptation or safe resumption of activities; its further tailoring by partners and implementers; the intensification of virtual support; and the development of online resources, including webinars and training courses. And finally, we will look at how challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic generated creative solutions, including perspectives from another WHO Region and the Global Malaria Programme.

Oct 15, 2021 02:00 PM in Amsterdam

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