Neglected Tropical Diseases

  • Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) affect more than 1 billion people in 149 countries
  • Someone is diagnosed with leprosy every 2 minutes. Every day!
  • 856 million people are at risk of lymphatic filariasis (LF)
  • 2,217 new cases of Buruli ulcer (BU) were reported in 2017; half of those affected by BU in Africa are children under 15 years
  • Intestinal worms cause multiple health issues in young children, including Vitamin A malabsorption.¬†Every year, up to 500,000 children go blind because of Vitamin A deficiency.
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Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a diverse group of 20 viral and bacterial diseases that exist around the equator, thus tropical. These diseases that affect more than 1.7 billion of the world’s most impoverished people, including more than a billion children.

These preventable and treatable diseases rob people of their health, livelihood and sense of dignity. These parasitic and bacterial diseases can blind, disfigure and debilitate people who become infected by them and lead to death for more than 170,000 people per year. 

Women and children are most at risk! NTD infections in children lead to malnutrition, cognitive impairment, stunted growth, and the inability to attend school. Social isolation and physical ailments make working difficult for people with NTDs. As a result patients and their families get caught in a cycle of poverty.

With the right investment and action, we can make neglected tropical diseases history! Treatments are relatively inexpensive and many pharmaceutical companies donate drug therapies needed to prevent and treat these diseases.

Learn More About the Diseases effect:hope is Trying to Eliminate

Leprosy

More than 600 people are diagnosed each day; over 50 of these are children.

 Lymphatic Filariasis

Over 893 million people struggle with the effects of lymphatic filariasis. 

Buruli ulcer 

Half of those affected by Buruli ulcer in Africa are children under 15 years.

STH
STH 

Children face negative health effects, including Vitamin A malabsorption.

Other NTD's Worldwide

Chagas disease
Dengue and Chikungunya
Dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease)
Echinococcosis
Foodborne trematodiases
Human African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness)
Leishmaniasis
Mycetoma, chromoblastomycosis and other deep mycoses

Onchocerciasis (river blindness)
Rabies
Scabies and other ectoparasites
Schistosomiasis
Snakebite envenoming
Taeniasis/Cysticercosis
Trachoma
Yaws (Endemic treponematoses)

Help Stop Buruli ulcer

  • Send healthcare workers into remote communities to diagnose and treat Buruli ulcer patients
  • Support local clinics and hospital with needed supplies and training 
  • Treat and care for people living with complications from Buruli ulcer
  • Intervene early for kids so they do not miss school 
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Give a Child a Healthy Start

  • Protect 15 children against hookworm, roundworm and whipworm for just $50
  • Save kids from blindness with essential vitamin A supplements
  • Train healthcare workers to reach even more pre-school kids and families
  • Give kids a fair chance at life
$50
give kids a good start

Help Stop Leprosy $100

Leprosy Field Research Bangladesh (LFRB)

  • Conducts research on the transmission of leprosy using various methods of data collection to obtain samples from leprosy affected individuals and their families
  • Discovers and tests better diagnosis and treatment methods
  • Trains and provides a research-friendly environment for health care providers who have direct experience with leprosy
  • Produces valuable research evidence on leprosy treatment and care for health care providers and the international leprosy community
  • Treats and cares for complications from leprosy
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Help Stop Lymphatic Filariasis

  • Send healthcare workers into remote communities to diagnose and treat Lymphatic Filariasis patients
  • Support local clinics and hospital with needed supplies and training 
  • Treat and care for people living with complications from Lymphatic Filariasis
Stop LF