Webinar — Mobilizing Domestic Resources for NTDs: Lessons from Colombia, Guatemala, and Philippines

14 Apr 2022

Join Us

Thursday April 28, 2022

8:30 – 10am EDT/ 12:30-2pm GMT

One key pillar of the World Health Organization’s NTD Road Map for 2030 is the need for a shift in operating model to facilitate country ownership of NTD programming. To date, health services and interventions for NTDs have been left out of many national and subnational policy, planning, governance, and finance processes. To achieve the Road Map’s goals, governments must consider how best to mobilize and efficiently utilize financing from domestic sources to ensure adequate coverage of NTD services.

Please join us for a timely and engaging conversation on domestic resource mobilization for NTDs. Participants will hear from Colombia, Guatemala, and the Philippines, three countries that have secured domestic financing and resources for NTD programming. Panelists will discuss how key factors, such as advocacy, political commitment, multi-sector collaboration, and health sector budget integration have advanced domestic commitments to tackle NTDs.


  • Moderator – Wangeci Thuo, Senior Health Systems Strengthening Specialist, RTI International, and Co-chair, Neglected Tropical Disease NGO Network (NNN) Sustainability Working Group

  • Gabriel R. Borlongan, Chief, Health Systems Strengthening Division, Philippines Department of Health

  • Leda Hernandez, Assistant Regional Director for the Philippines Department of Health, Regional Office IV-A

  • José González, Program Officer, Results for Development

  • Santiago Nicholls, Regional Advisor of Neglected Infectious Diseases, Pan American Health Organization

  • Julian Trujillo, Coordinator of the Emerging, Reemerging and Neglected Diseases Integrated Management Group - Sub-directorate of Communicable Diseases, Colombia’s Ministry of Health and Social Protection

  • Kate McCracken, Associate Director, Evidence Action, and Co-chair, NNN Sustainability Working Group

  • Representative from Guatemala's Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance (To be confirmed)