Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) affect more than a billion people worldwide and can cause severe and lifelong physical impairments. Those most affected include people living in the poorest and most rural communities. Research in Nigeria by Sightsavers sought to understand the lives and experiences of people affected by NTDs. Nigerian artist Christian Okwananke created illustrations based on the findings. He highlighted factors affecting the care-seeking pathway of persons affected by NTDs including stigma, loss of income, and the burden on health workers. The World Health Assembly has inked a roadmap set to prevent, control, eliminate and eradicate 20 neglected tropical diseases and disease groups, which affect hundreds of millions of people.
SciDev.Net, 14 November 2020
Delegates attending the virtual session of the 73rd World Health Assembly (12 November) have endorsed a new road map that sets specific targets to tackle 20 neglected tropical… Read more »
Premium Times, 5 November 2020
“The diseases are called neglected because they tend to affect the world’s poorest and receive less attention than other diseases.” Read more »
Premium Times, 8 November 2020
Two out of every three Nigerians, are at risk of one of the NTDs. Read more »
Vanguard, 3 November 2020
Nigeria requires an estimated N154 billion to control and eradicate Neglected Tropical Diseases, NTDs, such as elephantiasis, Buruli ulcer, river blindness and leprosy amongst… Read more »
Ill-equipped facilities – staff shortages and inadequate training in morbidity management and disability prevention (MMDP) leads to long waiting
times and decreases access to health care.