Global Community Celebrates Progress On Treating, Preventing NTDs, But Lack Of Political Will, Funding Threatens Efforts
The Lancet Infectious Diseases: Ending neglected tropical diseases
“Just five years after signing the London Declaration, WHO and its partners celebrated global successes in combating neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) this April. Releasing its report at the Global NTD summit in Geneva, Switzerland, WHO boasted the tremendous progress made in controlling 18 disabling poverty-related diseases. … However, the U.S. President Donald Trump’s financial threats, such as the proposal to cut 28 percent of the USAID funds, threaten to dampen the efforts to control NTDs…” (Balakrishnan, June 2017).