We have teamed up with Global Citizen, a movement of engaged citizens around the world, who are using their collective voice to be the generation to end extreme poverty by 2030.
Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) affect the poorest people on the planet and cause disabilities, disfigurement and sometimes death. By keeping children out of school and adults out of work, NTDs trap people in cycles of poverty. The diseases thrive in rural areas with limited access to health care, clean water and sanitation.
Global Citizen teaches people about the causes of systemic poverty – focusing on subjects like education, girls and women and health – and encourages citizens to take actions to help these causes. By taking actions people can earn points which grant them access to future Global Citizen events.
500 million people left behind
We are asking countries to commit towards our target of $250 million per year to reach the 500 million people who are still in need of treatment for NTDs.
NTDs are present in 149 countries, but thrive in areas where access to healthcare, adequate sanitation and clean water is limited such as in rural areas, urban informal settlements and in conflict zones. They affect some of the world’s poorest and remote countries, predominantly in Africa, Asia and the Americas, costing developing economies billions of dollars every year.
You can join us to make a difference. Sign up to Global Citizen and complete actions to place NTDs on the agendas of world leaders and policy-makers. As well as playing your part in improving the lives of billions, your actions earn you points towards exclusive concerts around the world.