Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a group of 20 preventable and treatable diseases that place a heavy burden on over 1.7 billion people around the world. NTDs cause immeasurable suffering. They debilitate, disfigure and can be fatal. By most commonly affecting some of the most vulnerable people in the world – who often live in remote communities – NTDs create cycles of poverty and cost developing nations billions of dollars every year.
- Buruli ulcer
- Chagas disease
- Dengue and Chikungunya
- Guinea worm disease
- Foodborne trematodiases
- Human African trypanosomiasis
- Lymphatic filariasis
- Mycetoma, chromoblastomycosis and other deep mycoses
- Scabies and other ectoparasites
- Soil-transmitted helminthiases
- Snakebite envenoming
Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) threaten more than 1.7 billion people living in the poorest and most marginalized communities worldwide. These diseases blind, disable and disfigure people, taking away not only their health, but also their chances of staying in school, earning a living, or even being accepted by their family or community
Theme for World NTDs Day 2022
This year’s theme is “Achieving Health Equity to End the Neglect of Poverty Related Diseases” and there is the need for increased collaboration by all stakeholders,” he said. “Health inequities triggered by COVID-19 have undermined economic, societal, and developmental progress.
The good news? With the right investments and actions, incredible progress is within reach.
Since 2012 alone, 34 countries have eliminated at least one NTD, bringing the total to date to 43 countries. Today we are reaching more people with NTD treatment than ever before.By reaching everyone with the solutions we have, and investing to find the solutions we don’t, we can create a world where the 1 in 5 people worldwide who are currently at risk can lead healthy, impactful lives.
World NTD Day serves as a catalyst to translate awareness into action, secure increased resources for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), and crucially facilitate political leadership and ownership of NTD programmes from affected countries.
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