Addressing diseases of poverty: an initiative to reduce the unacceptable burden of neglected tropical diseases in the Asia Pacific region
The Asia Pacific region is at the forefront of global economic development. Yet some countries and population groups are being left behind in poverty. One of the factors impeding development is a large burden of communicable diseases, especially in vulnerable populations, which perpetuates the cycle of poverty and poor health. Much of this burden can be attributed to neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), a group of diseases caused by many different organisms. Left untreated, NTD infections can cause blindness, cognitive impairments, limitations in psychomotor development and disfigurement.
This report looks at the work of the Asia Pacific NTD Initiative, which was created to support countries in decreasing the burden of NTDs and thereby to reduce suffering and increase productivity.