Changing the lives of people affected by disease, poverty and prejudice.
Sometimes referred to as diseases of poverty, neglected tropical diseases are parasitic and bacterial diseases which predominantly affect the poorest people in the world.Poor living conditions and a lack of access to health knowledge and facilities means that frequently people go undiagnosed, or are diagnosed too late. This can lead to people developing permanent deforming disabilities.These diseases and disability affect people’s capacity to work and feed their families, pushing them further into poverty.Most neglected tropical diseases such as leprosy and lymphatic filariasis carry significant stigma, leaving people isolated and shunned from their communities. Some even commit, or consider suicide.People become trapped in a cycle of ill health, poverty, isolation and prejudice.Read more about the diseases we work with:
Leprosy is an infectious disease of the skin and nerves. It is completely curable, however the stigma surrounding leprosy means people are shunned by society and so often hide away.Read more
Lymphatic filariasis is a parasitic disease transmitted through the bite of infected mosquitoes. There are around 1.23 billion people worldwide are threatened by lymphatic filariasis.Read more
Also known as kala-azar or black fever, visceral leishmaniasis (VL) is a parasitic disease contracted via sandfly. If not treated the disease can be fatal.
Six countries have 90% of the world's detected VL cases, with India accounting for 50% of the global burdenRead more
Are you aware of the neglected tropical diseases that affect half a billion children worldwide?Read more
Tuberculosis (TB) is a leading cause of death worldwide.Read more
Neglected tropical diseases affect one sixth of the population.Read more