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NTDs Must Be Addressed To Achieve Zero Hunger

Writing in the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases “End the Neglect” blog, Ashley Schmidt, program and operations associate for the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases at the Sabin Vaccine Institute, asserts that the U.N.-led initiative, the Zero Hunger Challenge, must include neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) as part of the discussion to end malnutrition. “NTDs are an underlying challenge hindering nutritional goals. NTDs, particularly soil-transmitted helminths (STHs) and schistosomiasis, are important co-factors in causing and often leading to chronic malnutrition and hunger. … NTDs must be addressed as an underlying issue to malnutrition. The inclusion of NTD control and elimination efforts will only help in meeting the first pillar of the Zero Hunger Challenge — zero stunted children less than two years” (2/24).