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NTD Treatment, Prevention Will Accelerate Global Poverty Reduction

The Guardian: NTDs: treatment could lift one in six people out of poverty
Neeraj Mistry, managing director of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases

“A global effort is now underway to make sure that access to medicine and other interventions will be possible for the one in six people worldwide afflicted by NTDs. … Ultimately, endemic countries must self-finance NTD programs within existing budgetary structures to ensure sustainability; however, leadership from both donor and endemic countries is needed now to quickly develop and expand programs. By including NTDs and specific targets in the post-2015 development agenda, we will support country-led efforts to reach control and elimination goals, improve the health and well-being of hundreds of millions of people, and accelerate progress in global poverty reduction by 2030 and beyond” (1/14).