The Value Of Water For Those With Neglected Tropical Diseases
1.7 billion people are affected by neglected diseases like leprosy conditions. They often go unseen, living at the margins of their communities. People at risk of NTDs often live with multiple inequities, including limited access to clean water and sanitation, health care, economic opportunity, and social inclusion.
Neglected tropical diseases such as leprosy, among others, are contracted through exposure to contaminated water. Leprosy, lymphatic filariasis, Buruli ulcer, and many other NTDs require proper wound and skin care with regular washing with soap and water.
WASH (stands for Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) is essential to combat NTDs. Clean and safe water, hand/foot washing supplies, and training and latrines help prevent diseases, and they play an important role in disrupting diseases and infections. Access to clean and safe water improves the well-being of the communities we serve.