Holistic view on NTDs

Neglected Tropical Diseases place a heavy burden on fragile health systems. They are an indicator of poverty and inequity. However, their impact on global health is often overlooked. To progress with global goals such as the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), awareness for NTDs as a challenge for global health needs to increase.

Genuinely leaving “no one behind” requires a clear focus on providing underserved communities with better access to health care. The “Swiss Alliance against Neglected Tropical Diseases” (SANTD) is linking related topics such as diseases of poverty, zoonotic diseases, Malaria, WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) and Disability-Inclusive-Development to help establish a more holistic view on NTDs and their impact on global health.