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“Skin Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are a group of diseases for which the primary presentations are changes in the skin (lumps or swelling, ulcers, swollen limbs and patches on the face or body). These diseases, if not diagnosed and treated early, can lead to long-term disfigurement, disability, stigmatisation and socioeconomic problems” – World Health Organization (WHO).
Nonetheless, Skin NTDs continue to have a low profile and status in public health priorities. To help address this, Neglected Tropical Diseases NGO Network (NNN) members established the Skin NTD Cross-Cutting Group to ensure that these neglected diseases receive adequate attention and financial support within the WHO NTD Roadmap 2021-2030.
The International Foundation for Dermatology (IFD) is a member of the NNNSCCG and also provides operational support to the Group. IFD Chair, Dr Claire Fuller, is the NNNSCCG Chair.
On 4 April 2020, members of the NNN Skin NTD Cross-Cutting Group met online to report the outcomes of and progress since the NNN Annual Conference in Liverpool, UK in September 2019. Presenters also shared their research findings and field experience on the spread and management of Skin NTDs with studies from Ethiopia, Tanzania, Mexico, Liberia and Benin, as well as held a discussion on research ethics, methodology and integrated approaches.The group noted the following:
Watch the meeting in full