I recently met with representatives of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, including Bill Gates, along with government representatives, the World Health Organization, the World Bank, many global health organizations and 13 major pharmaceutical companies. We discussed how we could work together to eliminate or control 10 tropical diseases by 2020. We pledged to increase our efforts to combat diseases such as trachoma, sleeping sickness, leprosy, river blindness and Chagas disease.
I was joined by LCIF Chairperson Sid L. Scruggs as I committed Lions to increasing our efforts to assist the 1.4 billion people worldwide affected by these diseases, known as “neglected tropical diseases” or NTDs. I also shared with these world leaders how Lions are working to help the “Bottom Billion” people on the planet who are suffering the most from tropical diseases and poverty.
Although much work remains to be done, Lions and our partners have already eliminated river blindness in Colombia and are working to eliminate trachoma in China. Learn more about the Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases Summit and the London Declaration in this Webinar. Information about our efforts is featured at 1:17.
The commitment by leaders in the public and private sector reaffirmed my belief that Lions can accomplish anything when we work together with like-minded people.