Fighting tropical disease?

UK doubles funding to fight neglected tropical diseases

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18 Diseases The World Has Turned Its Back On

Neglected tropical diseases are a group of at least 18 diseases that primarily affect people living in poverty in tropical regions of the world and are virtually unknown elsewhere, according to the World Health Organization.

These are diseases like river blindness, which has infected 18 million people worldwide and caused blindness in 270,000 people; or elephantiasis, a leading cause of disability worldwide, which affects over 120 million people and can cause severe swelling of the body parts, usually the legs or the scrotum.

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Neglected Tropical Diseases

Neglected tropical diseases affect 1.4 billion people in the world's poorest countries, resulting in over $10 billion of lost productivity each year. Many of the diseases could be safely and cheaply treated, improving the lives of millions.

While HIV, TB and malaria have caught the world's attention, these disabling and sometimes fatal infectious diseases receive relatively little attention from donors, policymakers, public health officials and drug companies.

What are they?

Most neglected tropical diseases are not fatal, but they cause enormous suffering and disability and often make people more susceptible to other fatal infections.

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