Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for sustainable Neglected Tropical Disease control

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for sustainable Neglected Tropical Disease control. by Anouk Gouvras, BugBitten Blog, November 18, 2016.

The International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases (ISNTD) hosted a meeting exploring aspects of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) on NTD control; ISNTD Water. Below I have highlighted some of the NTD and WASH aspects that were presented and discussed at the meeting.

Currently the majority of Neglected Tropical Disease (NTDs) control programs center around chemotherapy to treat and prevent disease. However two documents from the WHO; the 2012 WHO roadmap and more recently the report on NTDs and Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH),  highlight the need for WASH integration to achieve sustainable NTD control and elimination. The International Society for NTDs hosted a meeting exploring aspects of WASH and NTDs; ISNTD Water.

Neglected Tropical Diseases

NTDs is a term given to a diverse group of 17 infectious diseases that are highly prevalent in tropical and subtropical countries, that thrive in poverty stricken areas with low or no access to sanitation and clean water infrastructure, cause huge damage to public health and socio-economic development and yet still receive little global attention. Together they infect over 1.4 billion people world wide and the majority are caused by protozoan or helminth infections. They are the diseases of neglected people of low income countries and of poor communities living in richer countries.

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