WHO launches road map for neglected tropical diseases

02 February 2021

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a new ten-year plan for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), setting ambitious targets and innovative approaches toward tackling 20 diseases which affect more than a billion mainly poor people and thrive in areas where access to quality health services, clean water and sanitation is scarce.

The overarching 2030 global targets are: 

  • reduce by 90% the number of people requiring treatment for NTDs 
  • eliminate at least one NTD in 100 countries or more 
  • eradicate two diseases (dracunculiasis and yaws) 
  • reduce by 75% the disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) related to NTD

Additionally, the road map will track 10 cross-cutting targets and disease specific targets that include a reduction by more than 75% in the number of deaths from vector-borne NTDs such as dengue, leishmaniasis and others, promote full access to basic water supply, sanitation and hygiene in areas endemic for NTDs and achieve greater improvement in collecting and reporting NTD data disaggregated by gender.

Source: WHO, 28 January 2021