Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are a group of communicable diseases that cause substantial illness for more than one billion people globally. NTDs affect the world’s poorest people, impair their physical and cognitive development, contribute to mother and child illness and death, make it difficult to farm or earn a living, and limit productivity in the workplace. As a result, NTDs trap the poor in a cycle of poverty and disease.
For more information on Neglected Diseases, see Centre For Disease Control (CDC), USA
(Source: CDC, USA)
Different organizations define the set of diseases differently. In sub-Saharan Africa, the impact of these diseases as a group is comparable to malaria and tuberculosis. Some of these diseases have known preventive measures or acute medical treatments which are available in the developed world but which are not universally available in poorer areas. In some cases, the treatments are relatively inexpensive. For example, the treatment for schistosomiasis is USD $0.20 per child per year. Nevertheless, control of neglected diseases is estimated to require funding of between US$ 2 billion to US$ 3 billion over the next five to seven years. ( Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neglected_tropical_diseases )
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