Neglected tropical diseases

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a diverse group of diseases with distinct characteristics that thrive mainly among the poorest populations. The 17 NTDs prioritized by WHO are endemic in 149 countries and affect more than 1.4 billion people, costing developing economies billions of dollars every year. In May 2013, the 66th World Health Assembly adopted resolution WHA66.12 which calls for intensified, integrated measures and planned investments to improve the health and social well-being of affected populations. WHO is working with Member States to ensure implementation of WHA66.12.

The neglected tropical diseases result from four different causative pathogens:


We continue to strongly advocate for other neglected conditions which currently do not have formal WHO programmes.

NTD in the news!

1 April 2014 | Geneva
Stakeholders call on WHO to lead a network aimed at elimination of human African trypanosomiasis


11 April 2013 | Geneva
New trial confirms effectiveness of single-dose oral antibiotic, boosting prospects for yaws eradication.
Large-scale treatment campaigns to be launched in 6 countries


29 January 2013 | Geneva
WHO’s Executive Board recommends resolution on all 17 neglected tropical diseases

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