Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
- Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are a group of diseases and infections linked to poverty that can cause blindness, chronic pain, severe disability, disfigurement, and malnutrition.
- 1 in 6 people around the world are infected by NTDs, including half a billion children. The majority live in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
- Neglected Tropical Diseases cause approximately 534,000 deaths annually.
- NTDs trap families in poverty by preventing children from attending school and severely limiting the economic productivity of adult workers.
- The seven most prevalent NTDs are: the two blinding diseases of trachoma and onchocerciasis (river blindness); the three soil-transmitted helminths (worms), hookworm, roundworm and whipworm; schistosomiasis (snail fever); and lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis).
HKI fights neglected tropical diseases by working with Ministries of Health to administer treatment and provide disease prevention education to at-risk communities.
- HKI supports the training of surgeons and local health providers to perform a simple, sight-saving surgery for those who are at risk of blindness due to trachoma infection. This sight-preserving surgery lasts only 20 minutes and costs just $40-60 per surgery.
- HKI helped develop a system to efficiently and effectively deliver preventative treatment, a drug called ivermectin, for river blidness, or onchocerciasis. That system is currently utilized to treat millions of people in Africa per year.
- HKI prevents neglected tropical diseases by collaborating with Ministries of Education to design and implement school curricula to teach children how to stay healthy.
- HKI is a leader in promoting comprehensive NTD control and elimination programs that address hygiene, water and sanitation, behavior change, morbidity management, and disability prevention.