Reaching the last billion- setting BEST in motion
During its 9th annual meeting, the NNN met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 24th-26th September, hosted by the Ethiopia Federal Ministry of Health.
The NTD community recognises the important role it has to play in combating inequity and contributing to improved health status and inclusion of people affected by NTDs.
We are committed to breaking down the barriers that hamper access to health and support services for people affected by NTDs.
NNN members are unified in the goal of reaching and empowering the most marginalised populations. We know that targeted approaches and prioritising equity and inclusion are critical to strengthening our work with women, people with disabilities, those affected by poor mental health and stigma, people in conflict-affected and fragile areas, migratory populations and out of school children. NNN members recommitted to action to reach these marginalised groups through enhancing the efforts of our existing disease-specific and cross-cutting groups and establishing new working groups on Sustainability, Conflict and Vector Control, Skin NTDs and One Health.
We recognise the agency and leadership of people affected by NTDs and the importance of ensuring that their voices are heard in NNN meetings and other relevant forums, and that their perspectives inform the work of the network.
We recognise the importance of cross-sectoral action on NTDs, including collaboration on WASH, education, veterinary public health and vector control, and call on all NTD funders and implementers to support such collaboration through suitable governance and financial mechanism. We will continue to advance progress on NTDs through development and sharing of best practices on joint monitoring, behaviour change and cross-sectoral partnership development.
In an effort to support NTD action for achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, we will promote and implement practices that strengthen national health systems and secure sustainability of the impact of NTD interventions.
In the year ahead, the NNN community will continue its commitment to achieving progress on all components of the BEST (Behaviour, Environment, Social inclusion and equity, Treatment and Care) framework.