Water, sanitation and hygiene for accelerating and sustaining progress on neglected tropical diseases: a new Global Strategy 2015–20. Int. Health (2016) 8 (suppl 1): i19-i21.
Authors: Sophie Boisson, Dirk Engels, et al.
Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) affect over 1 billion people. Safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) contribute to prevention and management of most NTDs. Linking WASH and NTD interventions has potential to impact on multiple NTDs and can help secure sustainable and equitable progress towards universal access to WASH.
The need to address the determinants of NTDs has been acknowledged. In response, WHO has published a new Global Strategy: ‘Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for accelerating and sustaining progress on Neglected Tropical Diseases’.
The Strategy focuses on cross-cutting actions that benefit disease control and care efforts, and strengthen health systems. Implementation of the strategy and the accompanying action plan can help ensure that the health and development agenda leaves no one behind.