Neglected tropical diseases

Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases is feasible

Front cover of the First report on neglected tropical diseases launched on 14 October 2010

14 October 2012 | Geneva

Neglected tropical diseases blight the lives of 1 billion people worldwide and threaten the health of millions more.They weaken impoverished populations, frustrate the achievement of health in the Millennium Development Goals and impede global development outcomes.

Actions to address the suffering caused by neglected tropical diseases and assess how their impact extends into sectors other than health will promote development, foster health security and strengthen health systems. Achieving and sustaining intensified control of neglected tropical diseases is critical for WHO in realizing its objective that all people attain the highest possible level of health.