NTDs in Focus
The Impact of Neglected Tropical Diseases
Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a group of parasitic and bacterial infectious diseases that affect more than 1.7 billion people, including more than 1 billion children. Over 40% of the global NTD burden is concentrated in Africa, where the END Fund focuses the majority of our work.
Neglected Tropical Diseases Statistics
NTDs rank among the four most devastating groups of communicable diseases. They cause severe pain and long-term disability and lead to death for more than 170,000 people per year. Effects from NTDs such as deformed legs and blindness results in social isolation. Amongst children, infection leads to malnutrition, cognitive impairment, stunted growth, and the inability to attend school. Social isolation and physical ailments make working difficult for people with NTDs. Many people are unable to provide for themselves or their families and are left in a cycle of poverty.
Studies show that NTD treatment is the single most cost effective means of improving children’s attendance and increasing capacity to learn and concentrate in school. Just 50 cents funds a rapid-impact package of medication to treat an individual for the five most common NTDs, making it a best buy in public health.
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Deloitte: Nigeria could gain $19bn by eliminating tropical diseases
Article | 04.04.23
A new study by Deloitte and commissioned by the END Fund has revealed that the Nigerian economy could gain approximately USD $19 billion in increased productivity by meeting its 2030 elimination targets for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).
NTDs in Focus
Article | 11.09.17
Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a group of parasitic and bacterial infectious diseases that affect more than 1.7 billion people, including more than 1 billion children. Over 40% of the global NTD burden is concentrated in Africa, where the END Fund focuses the majority of our work. INTESTINAL WORMS LYMPHATIC FILARIASIS TRACHOMA RIVER BLINDNESS SCHISTOSOMIASIS…
Building a New Public Health Order in Africa
Article | 02.23.23
At the United Nations General Assembly in September 2022 in New York, African leaders made a call for the full implementation of a “New Public Health Order for Africa,” which they believe will shape the continent’s preparedness for future pandemics. They urged greater investment in Africa’s health institutions, health workforce, and medical manufacturing capacity, while…
Bringing Neglected Tropical Diseases out of the Silo
Article | 01.30.23
The number of people requiring treatment for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) decreased from 2.19 to 1.65 billion between 2010 and 2021 – an impressive 25 percent decline. However, interlinked challenges, including the COVID pandemic and, now, accelerating patterns of climate change are putting this progress at risk. On World NTD Day, we need to recognise these emerging…