Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are a group of infectious parasitic and bacterial diseases that affect over 1 billion people in the world’s poorest and most marginalised communities. They cause debilitating illness, reduced life expectancy, and many lead to severe disfigurement and disability.
These diseases make it difficult for children to learn and for adults to work, thereby wasting huge potential, keeping entire communities trapped in poverty, and costing developing economies billions each year.
We support governments in sub-Saharan Africa, where NTDs are most prevalent worldwide. Our focus is on treating and eliminating parasitic worm infections. These are schistosomiasis, the most lethal NTD, causing an estimated 200,000 deaths a year, and intestinal worm infections, the most widespread NTD, with over a billion people affected globally.