Guideline for Applicants
“#1 Neglected Tropical Diseases Student Contest”


1.   What are Neglected Tropical Diseases? 

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are a group of 20 diseases that WHO defines as 'tropical diseases that humanity must control,' with up to one billion people, mainly the poor in the tropics, still at risk of infection.  Many NTDs are spread by the effects of poverty and poor sanitation. Some NTDs can also leave people with severe physical disabilities for life, affecting their economic and social lives. This leads to new challenges of living in poverty. Some NTDs are also deadly diseases and hinder economic growth in endemic countries in Asia and Africa. 

The elimination of NTDs is in line with Target 3.3 of the SDGs, "By 2030, eradicate communicable diseases such as AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases, and address hepatitis, waterborne diseases and other infectious diseases." As stipulated, control of NTDs is essential for a better future for the planet and humanity, and the world needs to work together to promote countermeasures. 

Why don't you join us in thinking about NTDs to realize the world where health is available to all people on the planet? 

2.   Application Requirements 

・Contest Overview 

The World Health Assembly (WHA) recognizes January 30 as World NTD Day. NTDs are named tropical diseases, but they are deeply relevant to Japan. Some NTDs are still present in Japan. In addition, a lot of companies, and organizations, as well as the Japanese government, contribute to a wide range of aspects of the disease, including developing, manufacturing, and researching therapeutic agents. 

This contest aims to improve young awareness and comprehension of NTDs and consider what we can do. The competition will take place in Japan as part of the international "World NTD Day" events. 

・Application Category 

【Category A】
Category for telling NTDs in an easy-to-understand way 〜NTDs in your own words〜 

・Submission①: a video recording of presentations of up to 3 minutes 


【Category B】
Category for considering what you can do for NTDs How can we contribute to NTDs〜 


Please describe the following items, convert the document to PDF and submit them.

・the significance of our contribution to NTDs in Japan (300 words or less). 

・the issues and background of the NTDs you wish to address (500 words or less). 

・specific solutions and feasibility (500 words or less) 


・Optional submission①:a video(within 10 minutes) 

The first selection will be made on the basis of the documents, and then the content of the video will be taken into account if there are other works with the same rating. 

The content of the video can be free format and supplements the documents as in category A. Please note that if you are a finalist and have not submitted a video, we will contact you. 


・Entry Qualifications 

1.       students belonging to a junior high school, high school, university (including junior college, graduate school and Open University), technical college, special training college (including advanced special training college and vocational school) or equivalent institution. 
 *Note that there is no age limit for students. 

2.       at least one member of the team must be able to attend the final judging on Sunday 28 January 2024. 

3.       at least one member of the team must be able to attend the awards ceremony (online) on Tuesday 30 January 2024 (World NTD Day). 


・Entry Rules 

1.       The content must focus on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) 

2.       Entries must be in Japanese or English. The choice of language has no bearing on the selection process. 

3.       There is no limit to the number of entries submitted. 

4.       Please fill in the required information in the entry form without omission. 

5.       The copyright of the work belongs to the World NTD Day Japan Executive Committee.

6.       Each award will be handled as follows. 

[U18 Special Award]. 

Teams must consist solely of members aged 18 or younger as of 1 April 2024. May be awarded at the same time as the Grand Prize. 

・Terms of Application 

1.       Individuals and groups are eligible to apply; however, groups must have a maximum of four (4) members, one of whom must be chosen as a representative. 

2.       Entries must be original, not plagiarized or incorrectly quoted, and previously unpublished. 

3.       The press and other media may be present at the Final Selection and Awards Ceremony to report on the competition and capture images and videos. Please understand the purpose of this contest and cooperate with filming.

・Handling of Personal Information

Personal information obtained in the course of the competition will only be used for purposes related to the competition, such as announcing the winning entries and notifying the winners of the awards. The information will not be provided to third parties without the consent of the person, except in cases when disclosure is required by law. Any copyright infringement or other problems caused by the entries will be the responsibility of the entrant.


Application Deadline:January 8th, 2024 

How to apply

Applications must be submitted using the dedicated form below for each category. 

Category A application form 

Category B application form 

3.   Prizes 

・Grand Prize (two teams, one from each of A and B categories): cash prize of JPY100,000 /team 

・U18 Special Prize (may be awarded at the same time as the Grand Prize). : book card JPY 5,000/person

*The prize is still being adjusted at the moment and may be added.


First round of Selection: Tuesday, 16 January 2024.

Preliminary screening by the World NTD Day Japan Executive Committee

*Selection narrowed down to approximately three times the number of applicants.

4. Selection Process

<First round of selection: 16 January 2024(Tuesday)>

Preliminary screening by the World NTD Day Japan Executive Committee

*Selection narrowed down to approximately three times the number of applicants.


<Final Selection: 28 January 2024 (Sunday)>

Judging by jury members* (to be announced at a later date) to determine winners

Category A 8 minutes (5 minutes for presentation, 3 minutes for Q&A)

Category B 8 minutes (5 minutes for presentation, 3 minutes for Q&A)


<Awards Ceremony :Tuesday 30 January 2024) - around evening, World NTDs Day>

Announcement and award ceremony for the grand prize-winning team

【Evaluation Criteria】

Category A: Communicating about NTDs in an easy-to-understand manner

Basic quality of the presentation.

Originality of the presentation.

Is the information about NTDs correctly presented?

Is it easy to understand for Japanese people who do not know about NTDs?

Criteria unique to each award


Category B: What we can do for NTDs

Basic quality of the documents and presentations.

Can you feel the significance of your contribution to NTDs?

Is there a correct understanding of the issues and background of NTDs?

Is there a high possibility of realisation (e.g. whether the initiative has already been implemented)?

Criteria unique to each award


Date, time and place of awards

Tuesday 30 January 2024, the World NTD Day

*Online (to be held during evening hours).


2.   Contact Information

You can contact us via official LINE, enquiry form, mail. If you have any questions about the contest, please contact us.


①      Official LINE(Contest Support)

②      Enquiry form 

③      Mail


*Please refer to the special page of the World NTD Day 2024 for the latest information.



5.  Organisation Structure

The organisation structure of the '1st Neglected Tropical Diseases Student Contest' organised by the World NTD Day 2024 - Japan Executive Committee is currently being worked out. As soon as it is decided, it will be posted on the special page of the World NTD Day 2024.