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COVID-19 isn’t the only infectious disease needing Canadian global health investment

By Alison Krentel      

It’s been a tough year for global efforts to beat Neglected Tropical Diseases. Community health workers supporting NTD programs were redeployed in the COVID-19 response efforts, national budgets were diverted, and health systems redirected their efforts away from NTDs. 

International Development Minister Karina Gould, pictured June 2020. As long as NTDs continue to be neglected, underfunded, and undervalued, these ancient diseases will continue to thrive, keeping the global community from 'building back better' post-pandemic and impacting our health and development goals, writes Alison Krentel. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

With progress achieved by a successful domestic vaccination campaign, Canada has broadened the scope of its COVID-19 strategy to support vaccination campaigns globally, notably through a match-funding campaign with UNICEF called “Give a Vax” and through financial and therapeutic contributions to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavithe vaccine alliance, and the Global Fund. 

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