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Sightsavers’ research on NTDs and disability is published by Oxford University Press

May 2019

Research conducted by Sightsavers that looks at the relationship between disabilities and neglected tropical disease treatment has been published by Oxford University Press.

The research, published via the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, discusses the negative health, financial and socio-cultural consequences that are experienced by both people with neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and people with disabilities.

The research states: “We believe that disability is not yet prioritised on the development agenda, and that there are multiple opportunities to make NTD programming more inclusive to the benefit of those at this neglected intersection and beyond.”

The research also identifies the need to scale up, integrate and invest in inclusive NTD programmes that are focused on health systems. It says: “Realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals, universal health coverage and the control and elimination of NTDs all rely on ensuring people with disabilities are not left behind.”

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The report, entitled ‘People are neglected, not diseases: the relationship between disability and neglected tropical diseases’, has been published on the Oxford University Press website.

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