June 24, 2022
Concurrent to the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Rwanda, the Kigali Summit on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases brought together presidents, prime ministers, royalty, NGOs, industry, affected community and business leaders, and philanthropists to sign a new declaration to update the commitments made in the 2012 London Declaration. Specifically, this year’s Summit was a forum to renew high-level commitments to end malaria and neglected tropical diseases and provide an opportunity to secure both political support as well as investment in integrating disease programs. The aim of the Kigali Declaration is to mobilise political will and secure the financial commitments needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 3 (SDG3) and deliver on the targets set out by the World Health Organization’s Neglected Tropical Disease Roadmap (2021-2030).
Medicines Development for Global Health’s Founder and Managing Director, Mark Sullivan AO, participated in one of the afternoon panel discussion sessions on access to innovation in the global public health community.
“Such impressive progress has been made towards the goal of eliminating neglected tropical diseases, with over half a billion people no longer requiring treatments for these diseases. Yet there remain over 1.7 billion people who continue to suffer from at least one neglected tropical disease. The continued burden of disease highlights the need to increase our efforts. By signing the Kigali Declaration, we wanted to make public our commitment to contributing what we can to achieve the goal of removing these diseases from the lives of so many people.” Mark Sullivan AO, Managing Director, Medicines Development for Global Health.