“As one of the most famous scientists in the world, it will be an honour to hear his views on our journey towards NTD elimination, especially in relation to the research pioneered by his father.
“The scale of what has been achieved in the past five years through the combined efforts of governments, NGOs, communities and international organisations is almost unparalleled in the world of health, and our one billionth treatment milestone is a recognition of this.
“If it wasn’t for Frank Hawking’s research, and that of many other scientists, we may not be where we are today – on the brink of eliminating some of these NTDs for good. These celebrations will provide us with the opportunity to thank the many stakeholders who have made this achievement possible.”
Highlights and images from the event will be available online next week.