September 28, 2021

[Session 2] JAGntd-GHIT NTD webinar series: Challenges of expanding access to health products in the fight against NTDs

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) prevail among the hard-to-reach populations in the world. To protect them from NTDs, developing good health products is necessary, but is not sufficient without creating access to them. Access is a complex matter: no single organization can create it successfully. This webinar series will clarify some conceptual aspects about access, discuss key access challenges from different perspectives and how these can be overcome. The webinar series also considers how Japanese actors might be able to contribute to addressing some of those access challenges.


[Language] English. Simultaneous translation into Japanese will be provided.

[Fee] Free

[Organizer] Japan Alliance on Global Neglected Tropical Diseases (JAGntd)

[Sponsor] GHIT Fund

Session 2: "Developer’s perspective: Fexinidazole for African Trypanosomiasis"


Session 2 focuses on fexinidazole, the first all-oral treatment for African Trypanosomiasis. This medicine was developed a few years ago in partnership with DNDi, Sanofi and many other organizations. DNDi and its partners are currently working together to deliver fexinidazole in African countries. Fexinidazole can be seen as a promising story of a drug developer engaging in delivering NTD medicines. The invited speakers will identify key access challenges and how DNDi has addressed them.


[Date/Time] Thursday, October 14, 2021 16: 00-17: 00 (Japan time)


・Olaf Valverde Mordt; Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi)

・Florent Mbo; Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi)


[Registration] https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WsO_lyNDQ8uqI6VTvmBCVQ

Future events

・Session 3: "Country's Perspective: Introduction of Pediatric Praziquantel for Schistosomiasis in Tanzania" November 2021

・Session 4: "WHO's Perspective: Strengthening National NTD Programs in Africa" December 2021

・Session 5: "Nudging the Industry (1): Visualizing Pharmaceutical Companies' Efforts" January 2022

・Session 6: "Nudging the Industry (2): Patent as a Barrier or Leverage?" February 2022

・Session 7: "Financing: Who Pays for What?" March 2022


Replay past webinars on the JAGntd Youtube channel.


Session 1: "Concepts and definitions: What is access?"