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  • International Society for Infectious Diseases-Neglected Tropical Diseases Meeting - Boston, Massachusetts, USA July 8-10, 2011

    International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID)-Neglected Tropical Diseases Meeting

    July 8-10, 2011 Boston, MA, USA


    Proposal for an International Meeting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases Meeting (NTD):

    The ISID-NTD meeting will be held in Cambridge, Massachusetts on July 8-10, 2011. The meeting will be open to all and will provide space for dialogue and communication between individuals and organizations involved in efforts to eliminate NTDs around the world. The meeting will focus on ideas and actions related to achieving the goals of the WHO Global Plan to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases 2008-2015. It is expected that representatives from affected countries, donors, international agencies, government organizations, academic institutions, pharmaceutical industry, NGOs, among others will participate in a dynamic exchange of ideas and in the formation and maintenance of strategic partnerships dedicated to this cause.


    Why an International Meeting on NTDs?


    NTDs debilitate and dramatically reduce the quality of life for more than one billion people living in developing countries around the world. As a result, these diseases cause great suffering and obstruct socioeconomic development in these countries. Eliminating these diseases will require effective action and strong sustained global commitment. Effective action can only come from a connected community of individuals in different sectors and from many countries working closely together. The combined voice of this community is essential to sustain global commitment over time. An open international meeting dedicated to eliminating NTDs will serve to nucleate this community and provide a podium from which its voice can be heard.
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    An international meeting that is open and focused exclusively on NTDs will serve stakeholders, partners, donors, investigators and the global community in several ways. The meeting will provide a shared time to focus attention on the root causes and impact of NTDs, on current efforts to deliver treatments and on the work in progress to develop needed diagnostics and therapeutics. Importantly, the dedicated meeting will also provide an undiluted opportunity to raise awareness about NTDs in the eyes of the public and amongst policy makers. Additionally, the gathering will be an opportunity for partners to convene working groups in conjunction with the meeting.

    More information at: http://ntd.isid.org/
    http://novel-infectious-diseases.blogspot.com/
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