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The Problem

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a group of parasitic and bacterial infectious diseases that affect more than 1.65 billion people, including nearly 1 billion children.

  • Intestinal Worms:

    914MChildren Require Treatment

  • Lymphatic Filariasis:

    794MRequire Treatment

  • River Blindness:

    244MRequire Treatment

  • Schistosomiasis:

    251MRequire Treatment

  • Trachoma:

    116MRequire Treatment

Our Vision

To ensure people at risk of neglected tropical diseases can live healthy and prosperous lives. At The END Fund, our commitment is to support efforts that accelerate the elimination of NTDs to achieve the 2030 World Health Organization elimination goals.

Our Impact

Our work to treat NTD’s helps children stay healthy and in school, prevents advanced cases that cause irreversible disability, and reduces the economic burden of disease on families.

201M

201M People Treated in 2022

1.57B

1.57B Number of Treatments from 2012-2022

$2.34B

$2.34B Value of Treatments from 2012-2022

5.10M

5.10M Health Workers Trained from 2012-2022

96,018

96,018 Surgeries Performed from 2012-2022

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Feysel Abdullahi Samatar – The Story of Trachoma Surgery Recovery

Feysel Abdullahi Samatar – The Story of Trachoma Surgery Recovery

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By Henry Rosenbloom Feysel Abdullahi Samatar underwent a trachomatous trichiasis (TT) surgery in November 2023 to correct complications stemming from a long term trachoma infection. Several months after the surgery, Feysel details his recovery. Click the link to check out Feysel’s first story.  Feysel Abdullahi Samatar, 30, has been dealing with vision issues since he…

After decades, Niger stands on the cusp of verifying elimination of river blindness

After decades, Niger stands on the cusp of verifying elimination of river blindness

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By Greg Porter In 1944, a young British military doctor – Harold Ridley – set out to make a statement to the medical world. A small man with a round face and circular glasses, Harold spent 18 months stationed in Ghana, where he traveled to remote areas investigating river blindness (also known as onchocerciasis), a disease little known…

The END Fund and Reaching the Last Mile Announce Premiere of The Fly Collectors at the New York African Film Festival

The END Fund and Reaching the Last Mile Announce Premiere of The Fly Collectors at the New York African Film Festival

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Documentary short highlights tireless efforts of frontline health workers to end transmission of river blindness in Senegal EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE UNTIL MAY 16th 12:00 P.M. (New York, NY) – The END Fund, a private philanthropic initiative dedicated to ending the most prevalent neglected tropical diseases, together with Reaching the Last Mile, a portfolio of global…

Employee Spotlight: Irene Chami

Employee Spotlight: Irene Chami

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Our “Employee Spotlight” series profiles employees at the END Fund. The series is part of an initiative to provide transparency and share the important work that our employees are doing to end neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Stay tuned as we roll out new spotlights. Click to learn more about the series. Irene Chami is a…