Gender, equity and human rights

A human rights-based approach to neglected tropical diseases

World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 4
Publication date: 2010
Languages: English, French. Spanish



Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) affect one billion people in the world, often the most vulnerable populations living in poor rural areas in low-income countries. NTDs can result in lifelong disabilities and even death. They constitute a source of social stigma, discrimination and poverty. Affected populations often do not have access to treatment and preventive measures, and research and development has been insufficient. In recent years, there is growing attention to NTDs as both a public health, and human rights issue. This WHO Information sheet on a human rights-based approach to neglected tropical diseases aims to raise understanding and knowledge among health planners, human rights groups, development partners and civil society organisations.