- NTDs thrive under conditions of poverty, poor sanitation, unsafe water, and malnutrition
- NTDs can blind, deform, and debilitate their victims
- NTDs compromise mental and physical development, reduce school enrollment, and hinder economic productivity
- Preventing NTDs attacks a root cause of poverty that affects a significant proportion of the world’s population
- Safe and effective drugs are now available to prevent the most common NTDs
About the NTD Program
USAID is a global leader in the large-scale implementation of integrated treatment programs for NTDs, focusing on mass drug administration to target the control and/or elimination of the diseases.
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3 Scientists Win Nobel Prize in Medicine for Parasite-Fighting Therapies
Three scientists were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering therapies to treat some of the most devastating parasitic diseases in the world. Their award-winning therapies include Ivermectin, which USAID utilizes to help combat river blindness and filariasis.
New Information on Merck Mectizan Donation Program Available
USAID pharmaceutical partner Merck has new information available regarding their Mectizan donation program. Mectizan is used to curb onchoceriasis and lymphatic filariasis throughout the Americas.
Participate in the Global NGO Deworming Inventory
The Global NGO Deworming Inventory is calling on NGOs to submit data from their deworming projects online by September 29, 2015.
Dr. Adrian Hopkins Appointed to Order of British Empire
We are delighted to announce that Dr. Adrian Hopkins, Mectizan Donation Program Director, has been appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in recognition of his humanitarian service in Africa.
Mass Drug Administration to Prevent Trachoma in Mozambique
On September 13, 2015 USAID, RTI International, the International Trachoma Initiative, and representatives from the Ministry of Health all participated in a mass drug administration (MDA) event in Ancuabe, Cabo Delgado, Mozambique to help combat trachoma.
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Accelerating Toward the Elimination of Onchocerciasis
Later this year, the World Health Organization is expected to publish its newest guidelines for determining interruption of transmission of Onchocerca volvulus, the parasite which causes onchocerciasis, a debilitating, blinding disease that affects millions of people worldwide.
One Billion and Counting: Accelerating Action to Eliminate NTDs by 2020
Learn more about the One Billion and Counting campaign highlighting the success of USAID’s NTD program.
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Uniting to Combat NTDs: 2020 Goals
Uniting efforts with NTD-endemic countries, partners pledged to bring a unique focus to defeating these diseases and to work together to improve the lives of the 1.4 billion people worldwide affected by NTDs.
USAID collaborates with a wide range of partners to implement the NTD Program.