Neglected Tropical Diseases

Worldwide, 1,9 billion people are in danger to be unable to work, blinded, disfigured, or handicapped by neglected tropical diseases (NTDs); many of them die. The most impoverished members of the population, above all women and children, are the most severely affected. Children do not attend school regularly, women and children cannot work. Many of them are stigmatized by their communities. Successful prevention and treatment are to some extent already possible.

German network against Neglected Tropical Diseases

However, the available methods, vaccines and medicines often do not reach the patients. In addition, there are still big gaps in prevention, control and treatment. Research and development into neglected tropical diseases must therefore urgently continue. The development of vaccines and medicines is indispensable in order to effectively fight multiple NTDs.

In industrialized countries, these diseases barely play a role owing to better hygiene and more moderate climate conditions. They are most widespread in poor countries located in the tropics and subtropics. Yet these areas often suffer from a lack of financial resources or medical infrastructure required to fight them. However, with suitable treatment programs and research plans, these diseases can be cured or the outbreak prevented from the start. Owing to joint efforts by civil society, politicians, science and business, an initial foundation has already been laid. The aim now is to jointly expand research, prevention and treatment activities as well to ensure that new medicines, vaccines and measures are developed. Existing medicines and vaccines must actually reach patients. This will help to eliminate many neglected tropical diseases in the foreseeable future.


Success in trachoma control

Geneva, June 13, 2018 - Ghana has been officially declared trachoma-free by the World Health Organization (WHO). Trachoma is one of the oldest infectious diseases. It is a highly contagious bacterial disease that is transmitted through contact with the eye fluid. This is often done by flies that are attracted to the eye fluid. After several infections, the inside of the eyelid can become so scarred over time that the eyelid and the lash line grow inwards towards the eyeball, which in turn causes scarring on the cornea. This long, painful process, which can lead to complete blindness, primarily affects children and women. The disease can be prevented through hygiene, clean water and toilets. The infection can be treated with antibiotics and at an advanced stage by eye surgeries. CBM has been involved in the comprehensive fight against trachoma together with its local partner in Ghana since 1995.

World Health Organization (WHO) launched the 4th Report combating NTDs

Geneva. 19.4.2017 – World Health Organization (WHO) launched the 4th Report in tackling neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) since 2007. The report is integrating neglected tropical diseases in global health and development issues.

Will a new 2017 global leadership commit to NTDs?

Experts of PLOS-NTDs are discussing the impact of the politics of the new United Nations (UN) Secretary General, the Brexit, the election of a new World Health Organization (WHO) Director General, finally the role of the politics of the United States Government, which has so far been the largest financier of NTD mass drug administration (MDA), as well as research and development (R&D) for NTDs. They are asking: How shall we advocate? What does our community of NTD scientists, public health experts, and health care providers want this new global leadership to know about our diseases? What should they prioritize? Submissions, emails, and letters are welcome.

Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag towards medicines and NTDs

The Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag published the report on “New Medicines for neglected diseases”.  Result: Germany as one of the leading location for medical R&D re NTDs lags behind compared to several other industrialised countries.

New G-Finder survey launched

Trends and patterns across nine years

The new G-FINDER survey reports on 2015 global investment into research and development (R&D) of new products for neglected diseases.

NTD Summit 2017

19 to 22 April 2017 | Geneva, Switzerland

World Health Organization (WHO) together with Uniting to Combat NTDs, and the NTD community are celebrating the roadmap on NTDs and the London Declaration.