Leaving no one behind: a neglected tropical disease indicator and tracers for the Sustainable Development Goals

Int Health. 2016 Mar;8 Suppl 1(Suppl 1):i15-8. doi: 10.1093/inthealth/ihw002.


The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have emerged as a global pledge to 'leave no one behind'. Under SDG 3, 'Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all', target 3.3 extends the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) beyond HIV, TB and malaria to 'end the epidemic' of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) by 2030. Other targets are also relevant to NTDs, especially 3.8 (Universal Health Coverage), 6.1 (water) and 6.2 (sanitation). This commentary summarises the proposed NTD indicator (3.3) and tracers (3.8 and 6.1/6.2). These will help ensure that the world's poorest and most marginalized people are prioritized at every step on the path towards SDG targets.

Keywords: Control; Elimination; Eradication; Monitoring; Neglected tropical diseases; Sustainable Development Goals.

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research / organization & administration*
  • Goals*
  • Humans
  • Neglected Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Neglected Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Tropical Medicine / organization & administration*
  • World Health Organization