Neglected Tropical Diseases
(NTDs) are a group of parasitic and bacterial diseases that cause substantial
illness for more than one billion people globally (CDC, 2011). Affecting the world’s poorest people, NTDs
impair physical and cognitive development, contribute to mother and child illness and death, make it difficult
to farm or earn a living, and limit productivity in the workplace. As a result, NTDs trap the poor in a cycle of
poverty and disease.
â€œNeglectedâ€ â€“ Largely wiped out in the more developed parts of the world and persist only in the poorest,
most marginalized communities and conflict areas.