We need a fund for neglected tropical diseases

Eye surgery

A woman undergoes surgery on her left eye to treat Trachoma at the Kajiado District Hospital. Trachoma leads to blindness if untreated. File | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • NTDs are a group of parasitic, bacterial and viral chronic debilitating yet preventable and treatable infections that afflict more than 1.5 billion people worldwide.
  • Accounting for up to 40 per cent of the burden, Africa bears the heaviest brunt of these infections, a situation made worse by inefficient healthcare system and poverty. 

As the Covid-19 rages on with its impact on economies reverberating across the world, Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) are the latest casualties of the ripple effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

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