World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day

Zaid Siddiqui

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This January 30th, the whole world will celebrate World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day. This day will be one of the most remarkable events, a powerful reminder of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Many underdeveloped countries like Africa and Asia have a high prevalence of such diseases. This initiative primarily focuses on the escalating dangers of such NTDs and delves into providing facilitation for underprivileged people.


The theme for this year’s WNTDD is Unite. Act. Eliminate. The theme signifies the importance of coming together and thinking about what we need to act effectively and where we are with elimination.


Understanding The Neglected Tropical Diseases


Usually, Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are 20 diseases that include parasites, protozoa, bacterial, and viral diseases primarily seen in tropical regions. These diseases significantly impact underdeveloped societies (low-income areas) and disproportionately affect children and women. These low-income regions have less access to quality water, healthcare facilities, and sanitation. More than 100 crore people globally suffer from the terrible health, social, and economic effects of these neglected tropical diseases.


 Some of the common causes of NTD may include:


  • Lymphatic filariasis: Elephantiasis, a disfiguring swelling of limbs.
  • Onchocerciasis (river blindness): A parasitic infection that can lead to permanent vision loss.
  • Trachoma: An infectious eye disease that can cause blindness.
  • Schistosomiasis: A parasitic infection that can damage internal organs.
  • Soil-transmitted helminths: Intestinal worms that can cause malnutrition and stunted growth.




World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day is observed every year on January 30th. This date also marks the launch of the first WHO road map and the London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in 2012. The sole purpose of this day is to reflect on the suffering caused by NTDs by sharing the experiences of those who are engaged in tackling their burden and proving the accomplishments of the global NTD community. Many healthcare facilities explicitly gather more support to control, eliminate, and eradicate disease prevalence.


Significance of World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day (WNTDD)


However, amidst the challenges, there’s a growing movement to combat NTDs. WNTDD established ambitious targets for controlling, eliminating, and even eradicating some diseases. Significant progress has been made in recent years, with millions of people receiving treatment and several countries nearing NTD elimination.


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