Africans Must Work Together To End NTDs On Continent
Speak Up Africa/allAfrica: Africa: His Excellency John Kufuor — Why I’m saying ‘No’ to Neglected Tropical Diseases
John Kufuor, former president of Ghana and special envoy for the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases
“…As their name suggests, [neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)] have not always taken top priority in Africa, overshadowed by more high-profile diseases like HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis. However, the cost of treatment and the opportunity to make an impact on the prevalence of NTDs is comparatively low. If we don’t give equal weight to treating these diseases efforts to eliminate them will be thwarted. Across Africa, this challenge must be embraced by politicians, policymakers, and decision-makers. … [N]o man, woman, or child should have to experience these diseases and have their future taken away from them by something which is entirely preventable and treatable. … I invite others to join me on my pursuit for a healthy Africa — together, we can all say no to NTDs and stop African citizens from suffering from these appalling diseases. Our health is one of the best investments we can make” (4/8).