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The NTD community talks about women and girls

The Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) community is committed to ensuring no one is left behind and the preliminary evidence indicates that the current interventions appear to be benefitting all, also women and girls. However, the management of disease female genital schistosomaisis is neglected and was mentioned in every talk at this meeting. Hosted by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, DFID, WHO, and Uniting to Combat NTDs stakeholders met in London July 27-28, 2016 to explore this topic. Using a summary of the existing evidence must be done: Demonstrate the impact of NTDs and NTD interventions on women and girls; Explore whether interventions ensure equity of access, opportunities, outcomes and impact for girls and women of all ages; Show the roles of women in achieving the “2020 goals” The meeting highlighted the need for a more deliberate focus on gender and equity to ensure no one is left behind and that practices do not widen existing inequities. There are gaps in knowledge on how to make interventions gender responsive and equitable. At the same time there is a wealth of knowledge in other health programmes and sectors about how to design gender responsive and equitable interventions. Participants identified a range of short, medium and longer-term actions towards gender mainstreaming of NTD programmes including a commitment by... read more

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