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About the ISNTD


The ISNTD is an independent organisation providing a multidisciplinary global platform to an international network of individuals working in the fields of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), diseases of poverty and global development.  

The aim of the ISNTD is to focus on and highlight the research and programmes of colleagues and organisations worldwide, to ultimately have an impact on the health and prosperity of the world's poorest and most vulnerable, while sharing the goal of reaching sustainable and universal healthcare provision & poverty reduction in the developing world. 

The ISNTD believes that this goal cannot be achieved without strengthening the ties between all the parties already involved in NTD alleviation and addressing the socio-ecological and socio-political context of NTDs, in order to achieve not only the cure but also the prevention of NTDs with true and sustainable local leadership.

As a result, the ISNTD has developed a vibrant, proactive and international membership base and facilitates the development of concrete partnerships throughout its network and activities.

In this ethos, the International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases aims to:

• generate awareness & critical debate in endemic and non-endemic countries of Neglected Tropical Diseases

• increase the exposure of researchers, charities and organisations that make up the backbone of field work and outreach to the affected countries

• draw attention and interest to the various global research programmes and institutions in order to increase funding and practical assistance

• address each aspect of NTDs in a comprehensive, holistic and multidisciplinary manner by driving the interconnect between organisations and disciplines

• promote a OneHealth approach through the integration of human and animal health to preserve the advances in healthcare

• highlight and draw global attention to the contexts, other neglected diseases, and multiple factors surrounding neglected tropical diseases and affected communities

Conferences & partnerships


The ISNTD is committed to fostering strong bonds and concrete partnerships between organisations to generate significant advancements in the understanding and reduction of Neglected Tropical Diseases worldwide. . 

This is achieved by offering a series focused conferences throughout the year where dialogue, interconnect and the drive for new partnerships are key. In addition, inclusive weekly ISNTD Connect meetings on specific topics foster dialogue, connectivity and knowledge-sharing between numerous and varied participants from around the world.  

The ISNTD is also grounded on a diverse and far-reaching members base, actively engaged in the Society's work through the dynamic Research Hub where members are able to develop and maintain these relationships and increase the exposure of their research and organisation. 

Anchor Meet the Team

Meet The Team

Marianne Comparet ISNTD
Marianne Comparet

Co-Founder & Director

tel: +44 7568 370 523


Marianne Comparet is currently Director at the International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases, based in London. She has an academic background in Development Economics, and has previously worked with the World Trade Institute in Bern, the emerging markets division of Citibank and at JP Morgan before joining The Economist Newspaper as Economist & Statistician. She has lived in Jakarta, Paris and London.
Kamran Rafiq

Co-Founder & Communications Director

tel: +44 7392 072 010


Kamran has an academic background in Pharmacology & Toxicology as well as Neuroscience. He has worked as a research scientist at Schering-Plough Research Center in Milan, Italy, working on neuropeptides and novel mechanisms of pain transmission and Parkinson’s Disease modelling. Upon returning to the UK he worked for Reuters Business Insights setting up their drug discovery intelligence unit, and then as Sales Director for Datamonitor being an integral part of the acquisition and subsequent integration of the Life Science Analytics company and then as Managing Director at Global Data overseeing both Pharma/Biotech and Medical Device Diagnostics market teams. Kamran is now cofounder and Communications Director at the International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases, and is passionate about combining his experience and knowledge of the health sector with creative approaches to tackle some of the most challenging issues in public health and patient engagement. 
Kamran Rafiq ISNTD

Our policies

We firmly support equality, diversity & inclusion  
Please view our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy here

Our commitment to health, wellbeing and safety  

The International Society for Neglected tropical Diseases believes that everyone we come into contact with, regardless of age, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation or ethnic origin has the right to be protected from all forms of harm, abuse, neglect and exploitation. Please view our Safeguarding policy here

Our code of ethics & anti-bribery policies

The International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases strongly believes that professionals must conduct business honestly and with integrity. Our code of ethics document outlines our core values and processes to uphold the standards we believe in, as well as our anti-bribery policies. We are commited to acting with integrity, competence, diligence, respect, and in an ethical manner with the public, clients, prospective clients, stakeholders, partners, employees, colleagues and all other participants in our activities, collaborations and partnerships. Please read our Code of Ethics and Anti-bribery Policy here

Compliments & complaints 
The International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases is committed to providing a quality service and working in an open and accountable way that builds trust and respect. One of the ways in which we can continue to improve our service is by listening and responding to the views of our clients and stakeholders, and in particular by responding positively to complaints, and by putting mistakes right.

Therefore we aim to ensure that making a compliment or complaint is as easy as possible and we welcome all compliments, feedback and suggestions. Please click here for our Compliments & Complaints Procedure and to get in touch with a compliment or complaint. 

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