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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.

Bringing Neglected Tropical Diseases Research to Life

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 …

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.