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Global Health
April 21, 2015

Report Outlines Investment Strategies for Targeting NTDs

JAMA. 2015;313(15):1506. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.3338

The World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) report “Investing to Overcome the Global Impact of Neglected Tropical Diseases” highlights the domestic investments needed to accelerate prevention, control, and elimination measures for 17 neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) that affect more than 1 billion people of the world’s poorest people in 149 countries around the globe (http://bit.ly/1AXJ8O6).

This report—the third issued by the WHO on NTDs since 2010—discusses the progress made to date for the 17 NTDs and outlines investment strategies for 12 NTDs to help governments reach targets set by the WHO road map for NTDs by 2020 as well as to achieve universal health coverage for all people in countries endemic for NTDs by 2030. The report recommends the global health community shift from targeting these NTDs individually to taking an integrated approach through 5 public health interventions: creative and intensified disease diagnosis and treatment; preventive chemotherapy; vector ecology and management; veterinary public health services to control zoonoses; and provision of safe water, sanitation, and hygiene.

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