Consequences of Neglected Tropical Diseases and How are We Fighting Them

Neglected Tropical Diseases are among the top four most dangerous groups of transferable diseases. They can be severely painful, cause irreversible disability and even be the reason for more than 170,000 people every year. The impacts from NTDs like blindness, deformed legs, skin pores, and more lead to social isolation. In children, neglected tropical diseases lead to stunted growth, malnutrition, cognitive impairment, disability to speak, and inability to attend school. NTDs lead to more poverty as it makes people unable to work due to physical problems and social isolation. Many people are not able to work for themselves and they do not have even the support of their family members, which leads to a cycle of poverty. 

According to studies, the treatment of NTD is the only affordable solution for children to be able to attend school and improve their capacity to learn. 

The Global Impact of Neglected Tropical Diseases

  • NTDs have affected over one billion people all over the world, which is about one-sixth of the world’s population. Furthermore, it is not uncommon for a person to have more than one parasite or infection. 
  • At any given time, at least five neglected tropical illnesses impact the whole population of a low-income country. 
  • At least one neglected tropical disease affects 149 countries and territories around the world. <