Berlin, 27.01.2022 - Rwanda, Nigeria and Tanzania were the first African countries to sign the Kigali Declaration to ending Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) at a virtual ceremony. The declaration by partners from endemic countries, industry, donor countries, private philanthropists, research institutions and civil society organisations follows up on the London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases of 2012 and aims to support the World Health Organization's roadmap to NTD control. The signatories of the Kigali Declaration commit to play their part at global, regional, national, community and partnership levels to eradicate, eliminate or control neglected tropical diseases by 2030. The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) plans to sign the Declaration on behalf of the Federal Government.
On the occasion of the launch of the Kigali Declaration the 100% committed campaign to ending neglected tropical diseases started. In Germany, more than 100+ people joined making a commitment to the 100% committed campaign. A photo collage shows 100+ of these committed supporters from civil society, research, the private sector and politics, including the doctor and TV presenter Dr Eckart von Hirschhausen, the Minister of Economics of the Federal State of Hesse, Tarek Al-Wazir, members of the German Bundestag, renowned scientists and the entire board of the German Network against Neglected Tropical Diseases with its spokesperson Prof. Dr Achim Hörauf.