In the run up to 2020, systematic quantitative modelling and analysis is needed to support the achievement of the 2020 goals for control and elimination of targeted neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). The NTD Modelling Consortium was established to meet this need and modellers in the consortium have created mathematical models to analyse field data, make projections about the effects of current interventions, and suggest future intervention strategies.
As first output of the Filling the Gaps project the modelling consortium published a series of articles in Parasites & Vectors focusing on the transmission dynamics of nine NTDs. The Quantitative analysis of strategies to achieve the 2020 goals for neglected tropical diseases: where are we now? collection aims to provide quantitative analysis to support decision making.