India is home to almost 18 per cent of the world’s people. It is rich and diverse in culture, language, and landscape. While India’s economy is growing, 84 million people still live in ultra-poverty, and almost 600 million people are considered poor.
India has the highest burden of neglected tropical diseases on the planet. These diseases have the greatest negative impact on the country’s poorest people in rural and urban areas.
Even though India is the second-largest country by population, the number of cases of neglected tropical diseases within India is out of proportion. For instance, India is home to more than half of newly identified leprosy cases and more than one-third of new cases of lymphatic filariasis.
Access to education and health care continues to improve in India, but, every day, children, youth, women, and men suffer the physical symptoms and disabilities caused by neglected tropical diseases. Some are unaware of the severity of these diseases, while others choose to hide away to avoid ensuing stigma.
Your support in India will ensure that anyone affected by neglected tropical diseases like leprosy and lymphatic filariasis can access appropriate care and support for their physical, social, and mental wellbeing within their communities.