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Short description of the organization and its work to control and eliminate NTDs
USAID’s Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) program began in 2006 when the United States Congress created the $15 million per year NTD earmark for scaling-up preventive chemotherapy for seven of these most prevalent NTDs. The seven NTDs are schistosomiasis, onchocerciasis, lymphatic filariasis, trachoma, and three soil-transmitted helminthes, commonly known as hookworm, roundworm, and whipworm. These diseases can be targeted through an integrated mass-treatment delivery approach for affected communities.
The targets of the USAID NTD program under the Global Health Initiative is to reduce the prevalence of seven NTDs by 50 percent among 70 percent of the affected population and to contribute to the elimination of onchocerciasis in the Americas by 2016, lymphatic filariasis by 2020, and blinding trachoma by 2020. Between 2006 and 2012, the U.S. Government has appropriated $301 million to USAID’s NTD program which, along with the generous donations from the pharmaceutical industry, has resulted in the delivery of more than half a billion treatments to approximately 257.9 million people in 22 countries.