An Investment Case for Ending Neglected Tropical Diseases

Authors: Christopher Fitzpatrick, Uzoma Nwankwo, Edeltraud Lenk, Sake J de Vlas, Donald Bundy


The neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) affect more than 1 billion of the poorest and most marginalized people of the world. These infections are a consequence of the environmental and socioeconomic conditions in which the poor live, and the ill health and disability they cause are a primary factor locking the poor into poverty. They are diseases of the most neglected people who live in countries that lack the basic resources to control them. Yet this chapter demonstrates that the tools to end this neglect already exist, and that there are compelling economic arguments that ending these diseases would be one of the most cost-effective of global public health programs.