Youth Combating NTDs is a global community of young people who are fighting to end Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). This youth-focused and led initiative, is designed to mainstream the participation of young people within the NTD community across all its activities. Youth Combating NTDs is an initiative of Uniting to Combat NTDs and Future Africa Forum.
Neglected Tropical Diseases are a group of debilitating infectious diseases that affect over 1.6 billion people in 149 countries, especially in areas with limited access to healthcare and sanitation. prevention and control of NTDs form an integral part of universal health coverage (UHC), one of the founding principles of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The London Declaration, inspired by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 2020 NTD Roadmap, focuses on ten diseases.
How We Do It
Our work seeks to engage, empower and support communities to become disease free by partnering with various stakeholders who through their work are contributing to eliminating and eradicating NTDs. We offer a platform for inter-generational collaboration to take place.
It requires collective efforts to eradicate NTDs in our lifetime, efforts which can and will only come through engagement. We engage various stakeholders through our activities and this engagement ranges from interacting in boardrooms with global industry leaders, or in the village with community members, and health workers.
We empower young leaders that are passionate about learning about NTDs with a view of being actively involved in the work of the NTD community in various capacities that range from advocacy to policy making.
We support greenfield as well as already existing healthcare initiatives that seek to carry out NTD related or aligned activities within their communities – this also includes communities that are working in Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) as well as health education and advocacy.
Why We Do It
As the largest demographic in the world, young people are also the largest at risk of being affected by NTDs. Young people represent a key constituent within the community, one that brings, energy, innovative thinking and talent.
We are on a global mission to impact the lives of over 1.6 billion people who are at risk of being affected by NTDs, with 1 billion of these being children. Our work is centred around advocacy, training and support of stakeholders that include those affected and those working to eradicate and eliminate the diseases.