Neglected tropical diseases affect 1.6 billion people around the world. With such a staggering number of people, it’s all too easy for their stories to get lost among statistics.
Our case studies help to shine a light on some of the people who live with NTDs or those who work tirelessly to combat the diseases.
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Haimamote Debebe lives in a remote area of Mekelle in Ethiopia. Her daily routine used to involve looking after the area where she and her husband live; washing clothes and helping to tend to livestock.
Last year Abadit was sent on a training course to help her teach trachoma prevention methods to her students. 69.8 million people are at risk of trachoma in Ethiopia, a bacterial disease which causes intense pain and permanent blindness.
Precious trained as a volunteer health worker in 2005. She keeps an eye out for people who, for example, may have tuberculosis and advises them to see a nurse or doctor when one is available. She also watches for people who may have AIDS and tries to reduce the stigma around it.
Battling temperatures up to 45 °C, violent sandstorms, sudden drastic changes in weather, security risks and long distances on foot, community drug distributors are making a sacrifice for their communities and their country and are to be celebrated.
Mr Ntitima and driver Clinton Bakala had no choice but to beat back the fire with sticks before using their bare hands to dig out the two-tonne vehicle.
The disease is spread by the bite of an infected sandfly. It typically affects the poorest, most marginalized people, who often live in remote communities with limited access to health facilities.
Leprosy still affects some of Nepal’s poorest communities. It perpetuates poverty and disability, and stigmatises those affected.
One of the biggest challenges of treating neglected tropical diseases is the remote and inaccessible regions that many of the world's poorest live in. Amongst the Maasai of north Kenya trachoma is rife due to the unique relationship this nomadic people have with their animals.
We can talk about mass drug administration and billions of dollars worth of drugs donated but amongst all these huge figures it’s easy to forget about the human face of the fight against NTDs.
Kofi Nyarko has dedicated his life to helping people with leprosy. He has been affected by leprosy since he was a child, but he never let it defeat him.
Women play a crucial role in the on-going fight against neglected tropical diseases, a role which often goes unrecognized and unrewarded.