Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)

The Challenge

  • 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 Solutions

  •  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 onchocerciasis. That system is currently utilized to treat more than 80 million people in Africa per year.4
     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 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 promotes comprehensive NTD control and elimination programs that address hygiene, water and sanitation, behavior change, and disability prevention.