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Inclusion Of NTDs In Report On Post-2015 Development Agenda Represents ‘A Milestone’

Noting the U.N. High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda released a report last week “set[ting] the stage for the international development agenda, including global priorities and targets leading up to 2030,” Neeraj Mistry, managing director for the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, writes in the network’s “End the Neglect” blog, “As a South African-born, U.S.-based public health physician, with specific involvement in addressing neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), I read through the document with much interest. Unsurprisingly, I was delighted to see explicit mention of NTDs for the first time in a report of this nature.” He continues, “[E]xplicit mention of NTDs is a milestone in international development. It heralds a move beyond the science- and empathy-based agenda of wealthier countries” (6/5).