Antibiotics are a key component in the global effort to eliminate trachoma, the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness. One of several neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) the World Health Organization (WHO) has identified for elimination, trachoma is a preventable disease, and one that affects those living in communities with limited access to healthcare, clean water and sanitation.
Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) affect over one billion people worldwide. This group of viral, bacterial and parasitic diseases can be found in 149 countries – that’s 76 percent of countries in the world – and most often affects impoverished populations, who lack access to clean water or sanitation and live in close contact with infectious vectors. The effects of NTDs on communities can be devastating – keeping children out of school and preventing adults from going to work or caring for themselves or their families.
Every day, thousands of individuals work in different capacities toward the global elimination of trachoma, a neglected tropical disease (NTD) and the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness. From manufacturing the antibiotic used to help treat trachoma, to distributing medication in affected communities, to performing surgery on those suffering from trichiasis, the blinding stage of trachoma, the roles in the fight to eliminate this disease are wide-ranging.
Pfizer and its incredible network of partners dedicated to the fight against trachoma recently came together at the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) Summit 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland to celebrate the five-year anniversary of the
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) affect more than 1 billion people, mostly in poor and developing areas. They are both a consequence and a cause of poverty, thriving where access to clean water, sanitation and healthcare is limited.
The Novartis Foundation shares four new Global Health Stories to highlight the impact of leprosy on patients, families and communities and our work to stop it.
As part of the Novartis Foundation’s effort to document the impact of leprosy on patients, their families and communities – as well as our work to stop it – we have added four new entries to our visual story-telling platform, called Global Health Stories.