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World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day 2023

Act Now. Act Together. Invest in Neglected Tropical Diseases


Message from Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General, WHO

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are widespread in the world’s poorest regions, where water safety, sanitation and access to health care are less than optimal. NTDs affect over 1 billion people globally and are caused by a variety of pathogens including viruses, bacteria, parasites, fungi, and toxins.

These diseases are “neglected” because they are almost absent from the global health agenda, receive little funding and are associated with stigma and social exclusion. They are diseases of neglected populations and perpetuate a cycle of poor educational outcomes and limited professional opportunities.

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