Why NTDs?

The world is now paying attention to these [neglected] diseases and making progress in unprecedented ways, with ambitious goals, excellent interventions, and growing evidence of multiple benefits for health.

—Director-General of the WHO Dr. Margaret Chan

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are the most common diseases of the world’s poor. Spread by insects like mosquitoes and flies, or through contact with contaminated water or soil, these diseases disable and debilitate one in six people worldwide, including half a billion children.

NTDs perpetuate a cycle of poverty that continues from generation to generation.

We fight these diseases because of the horrific impact that they have on poor communities, and because we know they can be beaten by the end of this decade.