Global Health Observatory (GHO)

Neglected tropical diseases

A child hands back his health card after a round of treatment. Preventice chemotherapy one of the five strategies recommended by WHO to prevent and control NTD's was deployed in 75 countries during 2008 to treat at least 670 million peolple.
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Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) blight the lives of a billion people worldwide and threaten the health of millions more. These ancient companions of poverty weaken impoverished populations, frustrate the achievement of health in the Millennium Development Goals and impede global public health outcomes. An evaluation of their significance to public health and economies has convinced governments, donors, the pharmaceutical industry and other agencies, including nongovernmental organizations, to invest in preventing and controlling this diverse group of diseases.

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Dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease)

99%The decrease in the number of new cases of dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease) since 1989

Analysis of situation and trends

Preventive chemotherapy

728 millionThe number of people that have been reached by preventive chemotherapy for at least one disease in 2011

WHO Weekly Epidemiological Record, 11 January 2013
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Human African trypanosomiasis

76%The decrease in the reported number of cases of human African trypanosomiasis from 1999–2012

Analysis of situation and trends

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