Neglected Tropical Diseases

Portrait of Hussain Sai’idu the community leader of Karopi, Yautai Arewa and Yautai Chikingairai in Bunkure

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

This is done through curative medicines that are donated by major pharmaceutical companies, like Merck & Co, Inc, GSK, etc. Through development of sustainable projects, CBM Global works with communities to deliver these medicines to all those at risk. We regularly perform surveys to ensure that we’re on the right way to achieving our goals and to make sure that where we have been able to eliminate these diseases, they do not come back.

Helping those already affected by these infectious diseases

Several of the NTDs, if untreated, lead to debilitating, disfiguring medical conditions with severe psychosocial consequences for patients and their families. CBM Global is currently a leader in the provision of mental health support to people living with disability caused by NTDs, through our Community Mental Health programmes. Further, through our Inclusive Eye Health work, we seek to prevent blindness for those with trichiasis, the end stage of trachoma that leads to blindness.

Preventing these diseases through Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH)

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) provision is the basis for the prevention of several of the NTDs and a crucial element to ensure that we will achieve sustainable control or elimination. Although CBM Global is not directly involved in WASH program delivery, we work closely with partners that do and to ensure that WASH programming provides inclusive access to WASH.

What are Neglected Tropical Diseases?

Kirty Smith with a beneficiary who has lymphatic filariasis

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.

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