For far too long, devastating, debilitating and often deadly neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) impacting more than 1.4 billion people of the world’s poorest people have been ignored. If President Obama’s proposed FY11 budget is adopted, NTDs will no longer be neglected.

The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, an advocacy initiative of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, applauds the Obama Administration for taking the global lead in working to control and eliminate NTDs. Seven of the most common NTDs, representing 90% of the global NTD burden, can be treated for approximately 50 cents per person, per year.

An investment in fighting NTDs is truly a best buy in public health. It is also an investment that cuts across the global health spectrum. For example, combining the treatment of NTDs and malaria is simple, effective and highly affordable.