Second meeting of the WHO diagnostic technical advisory group for neglected tropical diseases, 13 October 2020

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Abstract

The WHO Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases manages a diverse portfolio of 20 diseases and disease groups, each with its own unique epidemiology and diagnostic challenges. Programmes to address each of these diseases have different goals according to a particular disease’s profile – disease control, elimination as a public health problem, elimination of transmission, or eradication. These programmatic goals may also change over time as new tools are developed and global attention attracts increased support.

In spite of the diversity of disease programme goals, it was felt that there were common areas across programmes that would benefit from the establishment of a single working group for diagnostics. Therefore, a WHO working group was formed to help ensure a unified approach for identifying and prioritizing diagnostic needs, and to inform WHO strategies and guidance on the subject. At its first meeting in 2019, the DTAG reviewed the status of diagnostics across the 20 diseases and disease groups, with input from WHO focal points around programmatic and diagnostic needs. Mem-bers discussed priorities for the year ahead as well as ways of managing the complexity of supporting the diagnostics agenda across the entirety of the WHO portfolio of NTDs. The recommendations are available in the meeting report.

The objectives of the second DTAG meeting were:

to discuss the progress made by the disease-specific subgroups;
to discuss the progress made by the cross-cutting groups and the resource mobilization group; and
to review the recommendations from the disease-specific subgroups.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherWorld Health Organization
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)9789240024045
Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2021

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