WHO launches global consultations for a new Roadmap on neglected tropical diseases - Global health consultations

11 April, 2019

Extracts and a comment from me below. Read online: https://www.who.int/neglected_diseases/news/WHO-launches-global-consulta...

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WHO launches global consultations for a new Roadmap on neglected tropical diseases

09 April 2019 | Geneva

At its eleventh meeting in 2018, the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Neglected Tropical Diseases (STAG-NTD) recommended that WHO initiate a consultative process with the global NTD community to set new targets and milestones beyond 2020 to achieve the health-related 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)...

The Roadmap 2021–2030 will exist within the overarching framework of the SDGs and be consistent with GPW13, which sets out WHO’s strategic directions, vision and mission, which are to promote health, keep the world safe and serve vulnerable people...

Endemic countries, implementing partners, donors and stakeholders are invited to provide feedback using the online form [https://extranet.who.int/dataform/879472?lang=en] during an online consultation (April–July 2019) and to circulate this information to potential stakeholders to facilitate broader, comprehensive feedback...

Contact: Ashok Moloo molooa@who.int

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Comment (NPW): There are (at least) two complementary approaches to global health consultations. The traditional approach is to have a static online survey, and this is the basis for the current consultation. I would like to encourage WHO and others to consider the complementary approach of dynamic interaction, through communities of practice such as HIFA. In this way, everyone can see everyone else's contributions and issues can be openly discussed and debated, enabling collective sharing and learning. Dynamic interaction can be used before, during and/or after a static online survey:

1. before: helping to identify what questions to ask and raising awareness about the process

2. during: deep-diving into one or more of the key questions in the survey

3. after: interpreting and debating the results of the survey.

Dynamic interaction has the potential to extend the reach of consultations; engage stakeholders proactively in the process; and promote a sense of ownership in the process and outputs.

Best wishes, Neil

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