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January 30, 2020 was the first-ever World Day on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) participated around the globe. See more below.

USAID works to end five NTDs: lymphatic filariasis, trachoma, river blindness, schistosomiasis, and soil-transmitted helminths. These diseases blind, disable, and disfigure people. When NTDs spread, countries’ economies and health care suffer. That’s because being affected by one of these NTDs hurts a person’s chances of staying in school, earning a living, or even being accepted by family and community, because of stigma.

USAID is funding the delivery of treatments that fight these diseases, measuring the progress and impact of treatment, and working with governments, civil society, and the private sector on the Journey to Self Reliance to plan, implement, and finance solutions to end NTDs.

Since 2006, USAID has helped deliver 2.6 billion treatments to 1.3 billion people. Every $1 invested by the U.S. Government leverages $26 in donated medicines, for a total of $22 billion in drug donations to date.