Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) NGO Network : Terms of Reference
The Neglected Tropical Disease NGO Network (NNN) is a global forum for nongovernmentalorganizations (NGOs) working to control or eliminate NTDs such as onchocerciasis (river blindness), lymphatic filariasis, schistosomiasis, soil transmitted helminthiasis, trachoma, and leprosy. NGOs are uniquely placed, given their field-based programs and experience, to assist in reaching the world's most underserved populations, like those suffering from NTDs.
The NNN promotes comprehensive approaches that prevent, treat, and manage consequences of diseases that affect the poorest of the poor. Prevention activities include hygiene education and promoting access to water and sanitation. Preventive chemotherapy for NTDs is typically administered through mass drug administration campaigns using donated medicines. Management of consequences from NTDs is a continuum of care that includes morbidity management, community-based rehabilitation, stigma reduction, and advocacy for persons affected.
OUR VISION is a world free of NTDS
The Network works in support of WHO and governments of endemic countries. As an innovative platform for shared learning and programming, NNN supports the generation and dissemination of evidence-based practices. The NNN’s objectives are:
- External facing: To be the unified voice on common issues to achieve our NTD goals.
NNN will agree and prioritise issues of common concern. NNN will ensure relevant structures and skill sets are in place to lead advocacy and policy development and be able to respond to opportunities as and when they arise. In doing this, NNN will enhance existing contributions by the disease-specific groups and continue to build on the practical success of the cross-cutting working groups.For NNN members, this will amplify messaging on issues of shared concern, avoid duplication of efforts, maximize efficiency of resources and access new audiences for programming and partnership.
- Internal facing: To enhance our community of practice through member engagement, learning and sharing knowledge.
NNN will develop existing mechanisms to engage members, including through the NNN annual conference, websites, email communications and through the disease-specific groups and working groups. NNN will contribute to identify innovative opportunities to engage members and strengthen our community of practice, while avoiding duplication and effectively signposting available resources to members.
The existing strong technical capacity of our members to support national programs will be enhanced by effectively networking and collaborating with other stakeholders leading to: increased synergies; shared learning; more effective utilisation of existing resources; and greater exploration of innovative opportunities for collaboration and collective problem solving.
Through this engagement NNN members will benefit from further development of technical knowledge and awareness, access to best practice and leadership and the creation of a shared responsibility for outcomes.