Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a group of parasitic and bacterial infectious diseases that affect over 1.5 billion of the world’s most impoverished people, including 875 million children. They cause severe pain, long-term disability, and are the cause of death for over 170,000 people per year. Amongst children, infection leads to malnutrition, cognitive impairment, stunted growth, and the inability to attend school. Adults suffer from social isolation and are unable to work, and anemia caused by NTDs
increases the risk of maternal mortality.
The NTD burden is greater than that of malaria or tuberculosis, and ranks among the top four most devastating groups of communicable diseases.
Although relatively unknown to the international community, NTDs are a significant contributor to healthy life years lost as a result of either disability or premature death. When measured in disability-adjusted life years, the NTD burden is greater than that of malaria or tuberculosis, and ranks among the top four most devastating groups of communicable diseases, along with lower respiratory infections, HIV/AIDS, and diarrheal diseases.
What are NTDs? The Facts:
NTDs are a group of infectious diseases that inflict suffering and chronic disability on 1 billion of the world’s most impoverished people.
NTDs reinforce poverty. They persist in impoverished communities where people have limited protection from insects and animals that spread disease and where access to medical care and prevention education is extremely limited.
3 billion people are at risk of neglected tropical diseases.
More than 1.5 billion already has at least one.
170,000 people will die by the end of each year from these diseases.
Hundreds of willing partners are standing by ready to scale up their work to see the end of these diseases.
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Due to their dramatic impact on the ability of people to work, high NTD prevalence rates significantly lower worker productivity and the availability of a sufficiently healthy and available work force. In this time of economic opportunity in Africa, NTDs are standing in the way of the continent’s development.