"Neglected tropical diseases—beyond the tipping point?"
In Volume 375, Issue 9708 (Pages 3-4), David H. Molyneux reports on a new series The Lancet will be running on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs).
These diseases – including trachoma, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, lymphatic filariasis, and soil-transmitted helminths - affect a billion people, but receive relatively little attention from the research and donor aid communities.
As reported in the editorial: "Only 0.6% of overseas development assistance for health is allocated to neglected tropical diseases, despite such diseases affecting at least 1 billion people. Since 2004, the case for recognising these diseases as the most prevalent, disabling, and stigmatising infections of the world’s poorest people has been consistently articulated. Neglected tropical diseases are the “lowhanging fruit” interventions because success has been achieved in their control with strategies that are cost effective, deliverable, effective, and which provide “beyond disease-specific” benefits."