One in seven people worldwide is affected by a neglected tropical disease. Infections such as schistosomiasis, dengue fever and leprosy are rife throughout Africa, South-East Asia and South and Central America. Some are carried by worms and insects, others are a result of poor sanitation. All, except rabies, are treatable. All are preventable.
These 17 diseases blight some of the world’s poorest communities – people without money and power in countries without resources for treatments, vaccines or research. Young and healthy members of society are as susceptible as the old and frail, holding back vital economic development.
This blog aims to raise the profile of the affected communities. We look at the science and politics behind the diseases, delve into how research is funded, and try to tell the story of those without a voice.
The diseases are:
dengue, rabies, trachoma, Buruli ulcer (Mycobacterium ulcerans infection), endemic treponematoses, leprosy (Hansen disease), Chagas disease (American trypanosomiasis), human African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness), leishmaniasis (flesh-eating disease), cysticercosis, dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease), echinococcosis, foodborne trematode infections, lymphatic ﬁlariasis, onchocerciasis (river blindness), schistosomiasis (bilharziasis) and soil-transmitted helminthiases (roundworm, hookworm and whipworm)