Neglected Tropical Diseases
CBM Global supports Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) programmes in areas where these diseases are identified as a public health problem. By building on our long experience and existing strengths we aim to achieve a programme that is inclusive, comprehensive, integrated, cross-cutting, holistic, person-centred and country-led, following the WHO NTD Roadmap 2021-2030, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and CBM Global’s Vision.
How do we tackle the NTDs?
Breaking the infectious cycle through mass drug administration
Helping those already affected by these infectious diseases
Preventing these diseases through Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH)
What are Neglected Tropical Diseases?
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are ancient diseases of poverty that impose a devastating human, social and economic burden on more than 1 billion people worldwide, predominantly in tropical and subtropical areas among the most vulnerable, marginalized populations.
They are bacteria, viruses or parasites spread by human contact, insects, contaminated water and soil infested with the eggs or larvae of worms. These mostly infectious diseases are easy to prevent and to treat.
More than 1 billion people are affected or at risk by one or often more of these chronic and disabling diseases.
NTDs cause pain, disfigurement, and disability (mental and physical), and result in about half a million deaths each year.
It is often aggravated by social stigmatisation and discrimination, especially for women.
Disease development is typically insidious and severe impairment often occurs after years of silent infection, leaving patients unaware of the need to seek care.