Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are the most common diseases of the world's poor. These 17 parasitic and bacterial infections infect more than one billion people around the world. Without treatment, NTDs can lead to malnutrition, blindness, severe physical disabilities and even death. Controlling and eliminating NTDs is critical to ending extreme poverty. Much of the medication to treat the most common NTDs is donated by pharmaceutical companies, making NTD treatment one of the world’s most cost-effective health interventions.
Neglected Tropical Diseases
Over a decade, the Global Network elevated NTDs on the agenda of major global and multilateral policy platforms, driving political declarations, resource commitments and the creation of new partnerships. Landmark global policy developments in the fight against NTDs included: