Neglected Tropical Diseases and Emerging/Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases – Focus on Populations Underserved

As a follow up of the G20 summit, that took place in July 2017 in Hamburg, Germany, the Centre for Global Health (CGH) at the University of Oslo together with Norad (the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation) and CEPI (Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations) is co-organizing a conference on two highly relevant topics: Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) and Emerging/Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID). The former has also been coined “poverty-related diseases” and the latter plays a major role in the context of Global Health Preparedness.

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The conference will be focusing on the commonalities of the two disease entities, such as the potential of both NTDs and EIDs to affect large populations that are underserved by the global community when it comes to:

  • treatment and prevention of affected individuals,
  • preventative measures for the community around infected individuals,
  • appropriate and efficient surveillance systems,
  • point of care tests adapted to local needs in order to direct treatment and
  • exploration of the animal reservoir for disease transmission as well as management of sick animals.

Exploring those commonalities may offer new possibilities to join forces for elimination/eradication of targeted diseases. With that purpose in mind, we invite you to the following event:


Introduction: Why should the diseases of the poor including the NTDs be linked with the EIDs? The investment for global health security (Lene Lothe, Assistant Director, Department for Education and Global Health, NORAD)

Panel 1: Diseases of the Poor (Neglected Tropical Diseases)

Moderated by:  Andrea S. Winkler (Director, CGH, University of Oslo)

  • The classical NTDs  and their current political momentum (John Amuasi, Executive Director of the African Research Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases (ARNTD), the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR), Kumasi, Ghana)
  • The Nodding Syndrome, an example of an atypical neglected disease (Suzanne Gazda, Founder of Hope for Humans, Uganda/USA)
  • The delivery of care to the population affected by neglected diseases (Joyce Moriku Kaducu, Minister of State for Primary Health Care, Uganda)
  • The burden of disease among the poor (Kristine Husøy Onarheim, PhD Candidate, Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care, University of Bergen, Norway)

Panel discussion (45 minutes)

11:05-11:50 Light lunch and networking

Panel 2: Global Health Security and Serving the Poor (Emerging/Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases )

Moderated by: Frederik Kristensen (Deputy Director, CEPI)

  • CEPI – a model for funding other initiatives and areas? (Karianne Johansen, Senior Adviser Regulatory Affairs, Stockpiling and Procurement, CEPI, Norway)
  • Overlapping areas with NTDs and how best to join forces? (Detlef Böcking, DLR Project Management Agency, Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany)
  • WHO Blueprint Process: Processes and methods for prioritization of diseases (Piers Millett, Senior Research Fellow, the Future of Humanity Institute, Consultant for the WHO Blueprint process)
  • Are vaccines relevant for the NTDs? (Bjarne Bjorvatn, Professor, Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care, University of Bergen, Norway)

Panel discussion (45 minutes)

13:50-14:00 Short coffee break

Panel 3: Mixed panel

Moderator: Ingvar Theodor Evjen Olsen (Policy Director, Dep. for Education and Global Health, NORAD)

Tying this together and bringing it to a policy level.

Please sign up to this event by September 6, 2017.

Please be informed that the number of seats are restricted and will be filled up on a first come first serve basis.


Published June 27, 2017 11:53 AM - Last modified Jan. 10, 2018 7:10 PM