Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) affect over 1.7 billion people. Over a billion of those people are children. The effects of NTDs are devastating: they prevent children from being able to go to school and from playing with their friends; they impair children’s cognitive and physical development. A child may contract an NTD at an early age, but the effects of that disease could last a lifetime. But rather than have their lives determined by NTDs, young people around the world are fighting back. By uniting together and using the power of their collective voice, young people are sharing their stories to demand action is taken to beat NTDs.
The Youth Story-telling competition is a drum-beat to the Kigali Summit on Malaria and NTDs as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in June and will help galvanise global support for NTDs that will culminate into tangible commitments from countries that will be announced on the stage in Rwanda.
A gallery for young people to share their stories
Stories help us connect with our culture, our history and our identities. Stories are passed from generation to generation, from country to country and from family to family. Stories help define who we are and what we stand for. Recognizing the value of storytelling, Uniting to Combat NTDs and Youth Combating NTDs and supported by the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi – is providing young people with the space to tell their stories: a virtual art gallery.
Fighting NTDs means achieving UHC to me. Knowing that I was part of a journey towards the total eradication of a global canker is a major achievement and life-fulfilling task for me, knowing that in my generation, I reached out to the poor and helped make some global impact from my own small contribution.
– Nzeribe Emmanuella