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.

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) were on the agenda this week at the Sixty-fifth session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Switzerland.
 
A major milestone was reached when the WHA today approved a new resolution on elimination of schistosomiasis.

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

Merck Serono plans to double its donation from 25 million tablets to 50 million tablets and will continue a commitment to donations indefinitely, until schistosomiasis has been eliminated in Africa.

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