15 thoughts on eliminating neglected tropical diseases

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We summarise the points made by a live chat panel on how the global health community can work towards eliminating NTDsDr Paul Emerson, trachoma control programme director, The Carter Centre, Atlanta, USANTDs aren’t as remote or obscure as many think: Trachoma and worms used to be endemic to the US and Europe, but were eliminated through improvements in hygiene, sanitation and access to medical care. NTDs still affect billions of people in the world, so the global NTD conversation needs to focus on how and why NTDs are keeping the bottom billion at the bottom.Build local support by involving community leaders: Involving trusted community leaders and members is critical to building local support for NTD interventions. For example, in trachoma-endemic communities, women who have undergone eye…