Neglected Tropical Diseases?
- A group of 17 communicable diseases that affect people mostly in tropical regions of poverty stricken areas around the world (WHO)
- 1.4 billion who suffer from NTDs are called the "bottom billion" (Choffnes).
- Lack of medical resources and funding, and unclean environments lead to the ever-growing burden of NTDs.
- Diseases like Ascariasis, Schistosomiasis, Leishmaniasis are prevalent throughout the areas in which the bottom billion live.
Stigma and Other Lasting Effects
- NTDs that leave permanent scars, abnormal growths, and blindness prevent those who suffer from finding marriage, jobs, and childbearing (Choffnes).
- Children inflicted with NTDs suffer physically, mentally, and socially (Choffnes).
- Taking care of the sick could lead to the caregivers themselves getting infected by NTDs, continuing the ongoing cycle of disease transmission.
Helping the Bottom Billion
- WHO created "A Roadmap for Implementation" that plans out their efforts to overcome global impact of NTDs (WHO)
- London Declaration signed in 2012 (Uniting to Combat)
- United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3 of the 2030 Agenda (United Nations)
- All of these plans intend on the elimination, eradication, or control of the 17 NTDs.
Our Nation's Involvement
- NIAID has been involved for several years now (NIH)
- CDC has been working for over 20 years, examining, evaluating, and trying to also defeat 7 of the NTDs (CDC)
- USAID have focused on the mass production of chemotherapy so they, too, can help control and eradicate NTDs (USAID).
- More action from the US is needed; NTDs are able to pass to unsuspecting people that travel and continue the cycle, here in the US as well.
A Healthier World for All
"When it comes to global health, there is no 'them'... only 'us.'" - Global Health Council
- Pharmaceutical companies donated approximately 2.4 billion tablets (Uniting to Combat)
- Pharmaceutical partners are working to increase the efficiency of chemotherapy programs, which are cost efficient (Uniting to Combat).
- In two years (2012-2014), those who needed treatment decreased by over 230 million (Uniting to Combat).