Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are a range of diseases that affect roughly a quarter of the world’s population, disproportionately affecting those in low-income environments. NTDs are one of the major factors contributing to the persistence of poverty in most developing countries, due to the significant morbidity, growth retardation and impaired mental development that they cause. NTDs also contribute to the spread and gravity of AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria throughout Africa because of their adverse effects on the immune system. Eradication of all NTDs is achievable for an extremely modest cost, which is far less than what it takes to fight the more recognized epidemics like AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The 2014 Paris commitments by international development partners indicate a growing need for expansion and enhancement of NTDs eradication activities. This requires innovative solutions to tackle the challenge of NTDs in all developing countries and endeavor to develop successful, long lasting and sustainable solutions. NALA presents a comprehensive approach directed at sustainable eradication of all types of NTDs. In order to achieve this goal, NALA focuses on community engagement and behavioral change.

WHO NTDs Portfolio - a List of All Prevelent NTDs



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