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WSPA welcomes the inclusion of references to ending the epidemic of neglected tropical diseases (target b). These pose a serious burden to developing countries and having a stronger commitment on ending this scourge will bring positive results to sustainable and human development. For example, the global adoption of mass dog vaccination would result in the eradication of canine rabies worldwide by 2030, at a cost that is significantly less than what is currently spend on rabies treatment.
Strengthening public health systems, including through access to affordable essential medicines for all (target e) must be key aspects of an SDG on health. Of particular concern in this regard is the non-therapeutic and preventative use of antibiotics in livestock production as this contributes significantly to the fast rising occurrence of anti-biotic resistance in humans. Without the conservation of effective antibiotics the task of ensuring adequate and affordable health services for all will prove impossible. As such, WSPA encourages the inclusion of the following target under Focus Area 3:
[add: By 2030, reduce to zero the non-therapeutic and preventative use of antibiotics in livestock production to protect adequate and affordable healthcare for all]
.:. Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform