What are Neglected Tropical Diseases?
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are a group of parasitic and bacterial diseases that cause substantial illness for more than one billion people globally. Affecting the world's poorest people, NTDs impair physical and cognitive development, contribute to mother and child illness and death, make it difficult to farm or earn a living, and limit productivity in the workplace. As a result, NTDs trap the poor in a cycle of poverty and disease.
Graphic courtesy of the CDC
Neglected Tropical Disease Facts
- One hundred percent of low-income countries are affected by at least five neglected tropical diseases simultaneously
- Neglected tropical diseases kill an estimated 534,000 people worldwide every year
- NTDs are a major cause of disease burden, resulting in approximately 57 million years of life lost due to premature disability and death
- Individuals are often afflicted with more than one parasite or infection
- Treatment cost for most NTD mass drug administration programs is estimated at less than US fifty cents per person per year
Statistics courtesy of the CDC
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