London NTDs Event – Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases

[January 30, 2012]
London, UK



A group of international partners announced a new, coordinated push to accelerate progress toward eliminating or controlling 10 neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) by the end of the decade. Uniting efforts with NTD-endemic countries, partners pledged to bring a unique focus to defeating these diseases and to work together to improve the lives of the 1.4 billion people worldwide affected by NTDs.

available on YouTube:
alt  Webcast of the whole event here
alt  Webcast of the “Innovation and New Tools” session here [Dr. Pécoul speaks at 2’55”-5’42”]

Interview on RFI:

alt Bernard Pécoul summarizes the outcome of the event on Radio France Internationale


alt New Commitments for Innovation were announced by pharmaceutical companies, among them one by Abbott and DNDi
alt A joint ‘London Declaration’ was issued by all the partners
alt DNDi welcomed commitments from various partners to NTDs and emphasized the need to fill the major gaps in R&D



Bernard Pécoul was one of the speakers, among Bill Gates, Margaret Chan, Stephen
O’Brien (DFID), and CEOs of leading pharmaceutical companies (see Agenda for more details)