Putting neglected tropical diseases under spotlight

The development community is finally talking about how best to fight NTDs but more consensus and practical action is neededThe London conference on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) held in January was a seminal moment in the global fight against a group of diseases which are often overshadowed in the global health agenda by HIV, malaria and TB.NTDs – a medically diverse group of 17 tropical diseases such as soil-transmitted helminths (roundworm, hookworm and whipworm), blinding trachoma, schistosomiasis (bilharzia), lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis) and onchocerciasis (river blindness) – typically affect the poorest of the poor. They affect one in six people globally; they rarely kill but disable and weaken, putting individuals at risk of other conditions and costing billions in h…MedWorm Sponsor Message: Please support the Doctors In Chains campaign for the medics tortured and sentenced for up to 15 years in Bahrain. #FreeDoctors
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