What is the significance of neglected tropical diseases? (video)
Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are some of the world’s most debilitating diseases, affecting more than 1 billion people, especially those living in poverty. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recently marked 10 years of work toward eliminating and controlling NTDs. The END in Africa project, managed by FHI 360, has been USAID’s on-the-ground partner in the fight against NTDs for seven years. In this video, Bolivar Pou, END in Africa’s project director, shares his expertise in support of the communities that are affected by NTDs.
FHI 360 works to reduce the prevalence of seven NTDs: lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis), onchocerciasis (river blindness), schistosomiasis (bilharzia or snail fever), three soil-transmitted helminthes (intestinal worm infections) and trachoma (blinding eye infection). Our goal is to cut the prevalence of these diseases by at least half in 70 percent of the world’s affected population.
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