On May 12th, the eve of the G7 Health Ministers’ Meeting, global health leaders from around the world convened in Nagasaki to call for the prioritization of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Gathering at the Symposium for G7 Health Ministers’ Meeting in Nagasaki, “Accelerating Research, Development, Access, and Delivery for Neglected Tropical Diseases” hosted by the Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT Fund), Nagasaki University and Uniting to Combat NTDs (Uniting), leaders and the community jointly developed the Nagasaki Outcomes Statement which calls for the acceleration of R&D, access, and delivery for NTDs.
The Nagasaki Outcome Statement builds on and reaffirms the “Kigali Declaration on NTDs”, a high-level political declaration that is mobilizing political will, community commitment, resources and action, and securing commitments needed to end suffering caused by NTDs. The Nagasaki Outcome Statement aims to accelerate the implementation of the Kigali Declaration by outlining how R&D, access and delivery for NTDs are critical to achieving G7’s ambitions on Universal Health Coverage, and pandemic preparedness.
It highlights the importance of:
1) Accelerating research and development (R&D) for NTDs
2) Accelerating access for medical interventions against NTDs
3) Connecting, coordinating and creating an enabling environment for the acceleration of R&D, access and delivery.
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