Member organisations of the The Neglected Tropical Disease NGDO Network (NNN) meet in Paris this week to discuss the prevention of neglected tropical diseases and disability.

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) affect the poorest, most neglected populations in the developing world.

Those afflicted live in remote, rural areas, urban slums, or conflict zones where there is little money for medication and health care.

One sixth of the world's population — more than one billion people — suffers from one or more NTD.

These NTDs share a common strategy of community-based interventions that can be integrated to strengthen health care systems.

The Neglected Tropical Disease NGDO Network (NNN) was established in October 2009 to create a global forum for nongovernmental development organisations (NGDOs) working to control onchocerciasis, lymphatic filariasis, schistosomiasis, soil transmitted helminths, trachoma, and leprosy.

NGDOS are a critical player in global health and are uniquely placed, given their field-based programmes and experience, to reach the world’s most underserved populations who suffer from NTDs.

The NGDOs work independently and as a group to alleviate the suffering and poverty caused by these diseases.

More than 150 participants from the member organisations based around the globe will attend the meeting.

Cross-cutting issues such as morbidity management and disability prevention and the importance of water, sanitation and hygiene in preventing neglected tropical diseases will be a focus of this year’s meeting.

Lepra is an important member of The Neglected Tropical Disease NGDO Network (NNN), advocating for improvement in tackling NTDs.

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