Neglected ('forgotten') diseases are a set of infectious diseases, many of them parasitic, that primarily affect the most vulnerable populations: the poorest of the poor, the most marginalized, and those with the least access to health services, especially impoverished people living in remote rural areas and urban shantytowns. Dealing with these poverty-related diseases need a more integrated and multi-disease approach, one requiring multisectoral action, piggy-backed initiatives, and cost-effective interventions to reduce their negative impact on the health and social and economic well-being of all people in the Americas.
Neglected Infectious Diseases Integrated Approach
PAHO Presents an Interactive Geographic Distribution Map of Priority Neglected Infectious Diseases in the Americas
Neglected Infectious Diseases in the Americas continue to affect millions of individuals, but mostly, those communities comprised by indigenous populations from the countries and Afro-descendants born on the continent. In both cases, these and other populations generally represent the poorest and most-marginalized groups of their countries.
:: Mandates and Strategies: NID
- CD50.R17. (Resolution) Strategy and Plan of Action for Chagas Disease Prevention, Control, and Care
- CD50/15. Strategy and Plan of Action for the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and Congenital Syphilis
:: Strategic Plans
:: Scientific and Technical Materials
:: Regional Program and Initiatives
- Guía para el desarrollo de Planes Integrados de acción para la prevención, control y eliminación de las Enfermedades Infecciosas Desatendidas (In Spanish)
- A Call to Action: Addressing Soil-transmitted Helminths in Latin America & the Caribbean
- Trust Fund: Prevention, Control & Elimination of Neglected and Other Infectious Diseases in LAC
:: Statistics and Maps
- Prevalence and intensity of infection of Soil-transmitted Helminths in Latin America and the Caribbean Countries
- Neglected Infectious Diseases Brochure, 2010