February 10th, 2023
There are 20 Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) that affect 1.7 billion people, one billion of which are children. Most are poor and live in tropical environments. 170,000 people die from these diseases every year, but many more suffer from severe pain and long-term disability. This has profound health, social, and economic consequences for the individual and the family. However, there is hope. They can be eliminated and 47 countries have eliminated at least one NTD. Treating these diseases is a public health ‘best buy’ and is one of the most important actions that can improve a child’s ability to learn. 

Hear from, and pose questions to, this outstanding panel of global experts who will share what we can do to prevent, treat and eliminate these illnesses that affect some of the world’s most under-resourced communities. 


Dr. Emily Jenkins
Professor of Department of Veterinary Microbiology
Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Momar Ndao
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences
McGill University

Deborah Ola
Student and Young Professional Ambassador
Canadian Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases

Dr. Alison Krentel
Assistant Professor
School of Epidemiology and Public Health
University of Ottawa
Co-founder and Chair
Canadian Network for NTDs


Dr. Kishor Wasan
Adj. Professor & Distinguished University Scholar
Faculty of Medicine
Co-founder & Co-director
Neglected Global Diseases Initiative
University of British Columbia