Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases: END7 Campaign Seeks to Eliminate 7 Neglected Diseases
13 MARCH 2012 - In early 2012, the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases - an initiative of the U.S.-based Sabin Vaccine Institute - launched END7, an international public awareness campaign with a mission to see the end of seven neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) by 2020.
NTDs are a group of seven bacterial and parasitic infections that impact one in six people worldwide, including 500 million children.
These diseases have serious consequences for maternal and child health. They lead to malnutrition and anemia, which prevent children from growing and learning and stop women from having healthy pregnancies. They weaken the immune system and increase the risk that mothers and their children will become infected with other serious diseases like malaria and tuberculosis.
There is a simple solution to NTDs; medicines exist that can treat and prevent NTD infection for up to a year. Since most of these medicines are donated by pharmaceutical companies, the only costs that need to be financed are transportation and delivery, which average 50 cents per person, per year.
The END7 campaign wants to involve regular people in the work to eliminate these seven NTDs by the end of this decade.