Control and Elimination
The END Fund is dedicated to controlling and eliminating neglected tropical diseases. NTDs are diseases of poverty that debilitate, blind, disfigure and cause early death to the world’s poorest people. They are a group of parasitic and bacterial infectious diseases that thrive in conditions of rural poverty, where children and adults do not have access to clean water and basic sanitation.
Over 1.5 billion people globally are affected by one or more of the most common NTDs, including 875 million children. The END Fund focuses on tackling the five most prevalent NTDs: intestinal worms, schistosomiasis, lymphatic filariasis, trachoma, and river blindness - all of which can be treated by medicines generously donated by pharmaceutical companies for national mass drug administration programs.
- Mobilizing and directing resources to where they can have maximum impact, with a special emphasis on Africa.
- Advocating for innovative, integrated and cost-effective NTD programs.
- Facilitating private sector engagement in the movement to address the devastating effects of NTDs