More Countries Eliminated Neglected Tropical Diseases Last Year
According to a recent World Health Organization (WHO) global report, 8 countries eliminated at least one neglected tropical disease last year. As of December 2022, 47 countries had eliminated at least one NTD.
Previously, more than 1 billion people were treated yearly for four consecutive years between 2016 and 2019.
But over the past decade, the number of people requiring interventions against NTDs has decreased by 25%.
And the burden of disease calculated in disability-adjusted life years is also steadily decreasing.
NTDs are a group of around 20 conditions that affect more than one billion people worldwide but have been largely overlooked by global health agendas.
The diseases generally affect people living in impoverished communities and can be caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, or toxins.
The completed WHO Global Report (Jan. 2023) is posted at this link.