Next week, the UK will host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting where political leaders, business people and civil society will come together to reaffirm common values and discuss challenges. With 46 out of 53 Commonwealth nations endemic for at least one neglected tropical disease, addressing this issue will be key to creating a better future for all citizens.
Please use the content below to spread awareness of NTDs during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting week on your social media channels. You can also download all the images by going to our Google Drive.
NTD burden in the Commonwealth
841 million Commonwealth citizens needed treatment in 2016. 556 million were reached, meaning 284 million did not receive the vital treatment they needed.
SAMPLE POST: 46 #Commonwealth countries are endemic for at least one neglected tropical disease. Watch this video to learn more about the fight to #beatNTDs #ourCommonwealth #CHOGM2018
SAMPLE POST: 284 million #Commonwealth citizens did not receive the #NTD treatment they needed in 2016. But treatments can be as cheap as $0.50 cents per person, per year.
SAMPLE POST: 841 million #Commonwealth citizens are affected by neglected tropical diseases. That’s a massive 35% of #ourCommonwealth’s population. We have to #beatNTDs
Progress in the Commonwealth
Since 2012, countries across the Commonwealth have been making great progress in eliminating neglected tropical diseases and improving the lives of their citizens.
SAMPLE POST: Guinea worm disease has now been eliminated from all #Commonwealth countries, following Kenya’s elimination success last month! Epic progress paving the way towards eradication #beatNTDs
SAMPLE POST: Cook Islands, Niue, Sri Lanka, Tonga and Vanuatu have eliminated lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem. Great progress in the fight to #beatNTDs in the #Commonwealth #beatNTDs #CHOGM2018
Call to action
The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting offers a great opportunity to encourage politicians across 46 endemic countries to make NTD programmes a priority.
SAMPLE POST: If #Commonwealth leaders make neglected tropical diseases a priority, their countries will be closer to achieving the @UN #SDGs. Join us on this journey to #beatNTDs
SAMPLE POST: Dear leaders of the #Commonwealth, join the largest public health program on the planet and help us #beatNTDs at #CHOGM2018. For every $1 you invest in #NTD programs, $26 of donated drugs is unlocked from our pharmaceutical partners.
SAMPLE POST: Beating #NTDs will lead to a more prosperous #Africa and #Commonwealth. Join us to improve the lives of 841 million Commonwealth citizens and #beatNTDs for good!
Women, girls and gender equity
With gender equity a key focus for the Commonwealth, we should highlight that NTDs disproportionately affect women and girls.
SAMPLE POST: Investing in neglected tropical diseases = investing in the future of women and girls. During #CHOGM2018, we urge leaders to join us and ensure women are not left behind in the fight to #beatNTDs
Universal health coverage
Universal health coverage is on the agenda of forums during the meeting. By reaching 1 billion people in 2016 and training a million health workers, we should highlight how prioritising NTDs will drive progress toward UHC.
SAMPLE POST: Ending #NTDs can be a gateway to #HealthForAll in #ourCommonwealth #CHOGM2018
Equity: 1bn people treated in 2016
Coverage: 62% of people receiving treatment
PHC: 1m health workers trained
Financial protection: Medicine worth $17bn donated
SAMPLE POST: #NTD programs have trained over a million health workers globally, reaching people in poor and remote communities with free treatments. If #CHOGM2018 leaders make NTDs a priority, their countries will be closer to #healthForAll and #UHC
SAMPLE POST: Achieving #UHC means reaching the world’s poor & rural communities in #ourCommonwealth. NTD programs accelerate progress toward #HealthForAll – reaching 1 billion people globally with treatment in 2016.
SAMPLE POST: 841 million #Commonwealth citizens are affected by NTDs. 66% of them received treatment in 2016. If Commonwealth leaders invest in NTD programmes, we will be one step closer to universal health coverage and health for all!