In the last decade, work on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) has gained momentum. However, while work on NTDs has expanded worldwide and many countries have set up NTD control and elimination programmes, the work has focused disproportionately on preventive treatment as opposed to NTD-related morbidity and disability. A lot can be gained in the fight against NTDs by combining knowledge and experience from cross-cutting fields.
For this reason a workshop was organised to explore options for cross-cutting strategies, interventions and research in the field of NTDs, particularly focusing on issues related to morbidity management and disability, in the broadest sense. The workshop produced an inventory of cross-cutting issues, an overview of knowledge gaps and research questions, proposals for pilot (research) projects and a list of recommendations. One of the main recommendations was based on the need for baseline data: to review existing indicators used for monitoring and surveillance of NTD-related morbidity and disability in order to identify common indicators that can be shared across NTDs.