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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.
Today is the first World Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Day! These diseases blind, disable, and disfigure more than 1️⃣ billion people.— USAID (@USAID) January 30, 2020
That’s why we’re working alongside countries to fight 💪 disease and ultimately lift lives. #DevJourney #WorldNTDDay pic.twitter.com/bfbaNFdp3r
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.
Thurs. Jan. 30 marks the the 1st-ever World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day. In this special edition Water Currents newsletter, learn about how these diseases impact public health & @USAID's efforts in ongoing fight to #BeatNTDs. @USAIDGH https://t.co/DD4WccsQF5— USAID Water (@USAIDWater) January 29, 2020
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.