Neglected Tropical Disease Control Program. Final report


RTI International, . U. (2012). Neglected Tropical Disease Control Program. Final report. Washington, DC: USAID.


Of the world’s poorest 2.7 billion people, more than one billion are affected by one or more neglected tropical diseases (NTD)1. These diseases not only survive and spread in conditions of poverty, they also exacerbate and perpetuate the poverty of affected communities2. NTDs disproportionately impact poor and rural populations who lack access to safe water, sanitation, and essential medicines. They cause sickness and disability, compromise maternal health and fetal growth, inhibit children’s mental and physical development, and can result in blindness and
severe disfigurement.