The Group of 7 (G7), which consists of representatives from the leading world powers, met at their annual summit meeting from 7-8 June 2015 to discuss a variety of key global challenges. Amongst these was a recognition of the global toll of the 17 neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) as classified by the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as the threat posed by the development of antimicrobial resistance.
In the communique that came out of the summit meeting, leaders reaffirmed their commitment to defeating NTDs – which disproportionately affect poor and marginalised communities, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa – by supporting a range of interventions and scaling up funding for disease control. They voiced their support for NTD-related research, focusing especially on prevention, control and treatment and the use of affordable drugs, vaccines and technologies. They also advocated for continuing support for community based response as a means of preventing, controlling and eliminating these diseases.
G7 leaders also declared support for the WHO Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance, and vowed to work to develop and implement national action plans and, where possible, support other countries to do the same. These plans will foster the prudent use of antibiotics and will stimulate research that will contribute to the containment of antibiotic resistance.
Malaria Consortium welcomes these commitments as well as the G7’s ongoing support to the replenishment of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in 2016.
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