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World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day 2021

World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day:


Delegates at the 74th World Health Assembly unanimously adopted a proposal by the United Arab Emirates. to declare January 30 as ‘World Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Day’’.

  • Neglected Tropical Diseases are infections that are most common among marginalized communities in the developing regions of Africa, Asia and the Americas.
  • Caused by a variety of pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, protozoa and parasitic worms.
  • They generally receive less funding for research and treatment than malaises like tuberculosis, HIV-AIDS and malaria.
  • Some examples include snakebite envenomation, scabies, yaws, trachoma, Leishmaniasis and Chagas disease.
  • It was on this day that the London Declaration on NTDs was adopted, January 30, 2012.
  • The first World NTD Day was celebrated informally in 2020.
  • NTDs affect more than a billion people globally. They are preventable and treatable.
  • However, these diseases — and their intricate interrelationships with poverty and ecological systems — continue to cause devastating health, social and economic consequences.