Eliminating Diseases of Poverty
There is a group of infectious diseases that many in the developed world rarely encounter or hear about. These are neglected tropical diseases and are often referred to as diseases of poverty.
They include trachoma, river blindness, intestinal worms and other debilitating, painful, and sometimes deadly illnesses. According to the World Health Organization, these diseases infect one in six people, including half a billion children, and are responsible for more than 500,000 deaths each year.
Neglected tropical diseases are directly linked to continuing cycles of poverty. They can result in blindness, chronic pain, severe disability and malnutrition, keeping children from attending school and adults from being able to work, severely limiting economic productivity in some of the poorest communities in the world.
The Morbidity Management and Disability Prevention (MMDP) Project is a five-year effort funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development to support national governments in their work to eliminate trachoma and lymphatic filariasis. Our mandate is to ensure high-quality treatment and care for people afflicted with these diseases.