14.00 – 15.15 CEST
World Health Organization (WHO)
NTDs and COVID-19: impact, response, perspectives
Discussions will focus on the relationship between COVID-19 and neglected tropical disease (NTDs) since the beginning of the pandemic. The webinar will consist of three main sessions, dedicated to impact, response and perspectives.
Speakers will explain the impact of COVID-19 on NTD services highlighting the collateral damages produced by the pandemic beyond COVID-19 morbidity and death and illustrate the likely mid-to-long-term consequences of the interruption of NTD activities, notably recrudescence of transmission and its possible consequences on the achievement of milestones and targets set by the 2021-2030 road map. They will also explore the response of WHO’s and of the global partners community in mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on NTD programmes. And finally, experts will look at how challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic generated creative solutions, including perspectives from another WHO Region and the Global Malaria Programme.