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Why neglected tropical diseases matter in reducing poverty

Overseas Development Institute

01 January 2013



A working paper by the Overseas Development Institute on neglected tropical diseases and poverty reduction.


Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) have a direct impact on the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Without addressing these diseases, the broader aim of poverty alleviation is unlikely to be achieved.

Straightforward and highly cost-effective strategies are available to control and eventually eradicate or eliminate NTDs.

Success in controlling, eliminating or eradicating NTDs depends on partnerships between multiple constituencies that enable countries to adapt international guidelines to local contexts, integrate NTD programmes into health systems and engage communities in implementation.


01 January 2013

Why neglected tropical diseases matter in reducing poverty