On World Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) Day 2023, WHO is calling on everyone, including leaders and communities, to confront inequalities that drive NTDs and make bold, sustainable investments to free over 1 billion people who live in the most vulnerable communities from the cycle of poverty and are affected by NTDs.
Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a diverse group of 20 conditions that are widespread in the world’s poorest regions, where water safety, sanitation, and access to health care are substandard. NTDs can be prevented, eliminated and eradicated, and many success stories have been showcased.
Neglected tropical diseases are preventable and treatable when detected early. Access to clean water, sanitary food handling, good hygiene and reduced environmental risks can prevent NTDs Delay in seeking treatment and care can result in life-long disability and death.
The region of the Americas is a pioneer in the elimination of communicable diseases, as well as in the elimination of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) such as onchocerciasis, trachoma, and human rabies transmitted by dogs. The experiences in the successful elimination of NTDs in the Americas have established important lessons learned that will contribute to achieving the 2030 NTD road map targets.
When supported and protected, community health workers can deliver effective health services, especially to marginalized groups.