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ENVISION celebrates success of global partnerships for NTDs on Capitol Hill

Date: 
September 19, 2012

Sept 19, 2012 ---- The ENVISION project staff worked in coordination with RTI International and USAID to support an event on Capitol Hill on September 19 to celebrate the global partnership in the fight against NTDs, recognizing the key importance of past and future support through USAID’s NTD Control Program, ENVISION and other mechanisms. The event was organized by the USAID NTD Program and the USAID Global Health bureau Communications Office. More than 130 representatives from USAID, nongovernmental organizations, academic institutions and global health and civil society organizations attended the event.

Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator, USAID served as official host. Dr. Caroline Harper, OBE, Chief Executive of Sightsavers served as moderator. Speakers included Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez, Assistant Administrator for USAID’s Global Health Bureau, Dr. Lorenzo Savioli, Director, Department of Control of NTDs at WHO, Senator Patrick Leahy (VT), Senator Chris Coons (DE), Representative Jeff Fortenberry (NE) and co-Chair of the Malaria and NTD Caucus and Representative Sanford Bishop, Jr. (GA). Senator Coons, co-Chair for the Senate Malaria Working Group announced that the Working Group would be expanded to become the Senate Caucus on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases.

NTD Champion Awards were presented to Dr. Nana Biritwum, National NTD Coordinator, Ghana Health Services, Dr. Mwele Malecela, Director General of National Institute for Medical Research, Tanzania and Dr. Uche Amazigo, retired Director of the African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC). A Lifetime NTD Champion Award was presented to Dr. Adetokunbo “Ade” Lucas, Founding Director of WHO's Special Program for Research, Training in Tropical Diseases.

Link to coverage on USAID's NTD Program website

Dr. Rajiv Shah, USAID Administrator provides opening remarks.

Lorenzo Savioli, Director of the Department of Control of NTDs at the World Health Organization speaks on the importance of continued support for NTDs.

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy speaks on the impact of U.S. support for NTDs.

Asst Administrator for USAID’s GH Bureau, Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez presents NTD Champion Award to Dr. Uche Amazigo, retired Director of the African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control

(From left to right) Angela Weaver, Senior Advisor for NTDs at USAID, Dr. Nana Biritwum, National NTD Coordinator at Ghana Health Services, Dr. Mwele Malecela, Director General of National Institute for Medical Research in Tanzania, Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez, Asst Administrator for USAID’s GH Bureau, Dr. Caroline Harper, Chief Executive of Sightsavers, Dr. Uche Amazigo, retired Director of APOC and Dr. Adetokunbo “Ade” Lucas, Founding Director of WHO's Special Program for Research, Training in Tropical Diseases.