Neglected tropical diseases: policy brief

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a group of 17 parasitic and bacterial infections that affect more than 1.4 billion of the world’s poorest people.

Together, these diseases represent the fourth largest disease burden of all communicable diseases globally. NTDs are most prevalent in remote rural areas, urban slums and in conflict zones. Some NTDs kill and others cause severe and often lifelong physical impairment, particularly affecting women and children.

NTDs are diseases that primarily affect people living in poverty. They reduce economic productivity, by preventing individuals from being able to work or care for themselves or their families. NTDs prevent children from growing and learning and can limit access to education.

There is increasing evidence that demonstrates that control and elimination of these diseases will significantly reduce illness, social exclusion and mortality.

Want to read more about our work?

Neglected tropical diseases
A large group of people stand on the main stage at the World Water Forum.
Sightsavers blog

Collaboration is key: lessons from the World Water Forum

Sightsavers’ Salimata Bocoum shares learnings, actions and reflections from the World Water Forum, where the importance of working together to fight neglected tropical diseases was a key theme.

Salimata Bocoum, April 2022
A man stands in a fast-flowing river examining foliage for black flies.

Sightsavers partnership aims to research the impact of climate change on NTDs

Sightsavers and the Walker Institute will explore different climate change scenarios to predict areas that will be most affected by neglected tropical diseases in the future.

March 2022
Pelagies smiles while standing in a laboratory.
Sightsavers Reports

“Women can go further than they’re made to believe”

Pelagie is an entomologist who’s paving the way for more women to lead in the fight against neglected tropical diseases.