Research today for more effective help tomorrow
About 1,9 billion people are globally affected by Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) - often resulting in disability or death. Tuberculosis, leprosy and other NTDs are poverty-related which hardly affect people in the light income countries of the world. As a real „market “ for the diagnostics and treatment interventions for these diseases is lacking, little research has been done on them. Through appropriate measures however, it is possible to cure or - even better - to prevent the diseases from breaking out in the first place. Intensified research, for example, can help to develop new drugs and vaccines while improved distribution systems ensure better accessibility of those interventions which are already available.
Diseases of poverty and stigmatisation
Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) affect the world’s most underprivileged, often with grave consequences for the patients and their families. More than a billion people in almost 150 countries are infected with NTDs. The diseases can cause chronic illness and disabilities leading to stigma and social exclusion. Healthcare costs arising from NTDs have a severe negative impact on the economies of the most affected countries which at the same time undermines development goals. If treated holistically, the majority of NTDs can however be controlled, prevented, eliminated and even eradicated.