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Most people have never heard of diseases like elephantiasis, river blindness, snail fever, trachoma, roundworm, whipworm, or hookworm.  But one in six people globally, including more than half a billion children, have these organisms living and breeding inside their bodies.   

Yet the solution to these diseases is relatively simple: For only 50 cents, we can provide one person with treatment and protection against all seven NTDs for up to one year. 

About NTDs

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a group of 17 parasitic and bacterial infections that infect more than one billion people around the world, most of whom live on less than $1.25 per day. Without treatment, NTDs can lead to malnutrition, blindness, severe physical disabilities and even death.

The Global Network focuses our efforts on the seven most common NTDs, which make up 90 percent of the global NTD burden.

Reversing the World’s Neglect of Easily Cured Tropical Diseases

May 18, 2012 | Pacific Standard

Ahead of this weekend’s G8 Summit, Dr. Peter Hotez wrote an op-ed for Pacific Standard calling on G8 leaders to focus on NTD treatment and control as a cost-effective method to improve global health.

Reversing the World’s Neglect of Easily Cured Tropical Diseases

Dr. Peter Hotez

Pacific Standard

Drs. Mistry and de Quadros contribute to Huffington Post G8 series

May 15, 2012 | Huffington Post

For the past week, the Sabin Vaccine Institute and the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases have been working with a group of organizations to raise awareness of specific issues - such as global health, nutrition, the environment and corruption – in advance of the G8.

Huffington Post

Second article in VOA NTD news series: Billion people suffer from neglected tropical diseases

November 8, 2011 | Voice of America

By Vidushi Sinha

A billion people around the world suffer from neglected tropical diseases, and the global health community is working to develop new drugs, vaccines and diagnostics. But experts note that success is uneven in part because of different rules and regulations in different countries for drug development and testing.

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Dr. Peter Hotez, president of Sabin Vaccine Institute, says it is much easier to test new therapies in India than in other parts of the world.

Voice of America

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