World NTD Day Global Webinar

Understanding the Gender Dimensions of Neglected Tropical Diseases

Jan 30, 2020

The international panel discussed the importance of sex, gender and their intersection with other social determinants of health in tackling NTDs, meeting the goals of the WHO Roadmap on Neglected Tropical Diseases 2012–2020, enhancing access and delivery of health interventions and contributing towards the attainment of universal health coverage and the SDGs.

Webinar panellists

Mami Yoshimura
Programme Specialist, HIV, Health and Development Group, UNDP, New York
Sally Theobald
Professor, Department of International Public Health, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool Presentation slides
Chandani Kharel
Health Systems Specialist, HERD International, Kathmandu Presentation slides
Olumide Ogundahunsi
Scientist, TDR (the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases), Geneva Presentation slides

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Webinar materials: Gender dimensions of neglected tropical diseases

Prior to the webinar, two background publications were made available to participants:


To mark the inaugural World Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Day the collaboration prepared a brief factsheet to raise awareness and introduce the recommendations presented in the Discussion Paper.

Discussion paper

A more comprehensive review presenting the available evidence of how gender impacts NTDs risks and outcomes, and current data and implementation gaps. The paper proposes a set of five recommendations as a way forward to better understand and act on the gender dimensions of NTDs.