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International Scientific Indexing (ISI) Indexed Journal Applied Medical Research ISSN: 2149 - 2018
Applied Medical Research. 2023; 10(2):(149-157)

An Overview of Neglected Tropical Diseases: Global Perspective

Ambika Akhoury, John Abraham*, Clement Prakash TJ, Anieta Merin Jacob, Nancy Angeline G, Ganesh V, Jimi Jose, Romate John, Shibu Prakash, Chandrashekhar BS, Titto Rahim, Preethi G and Issac Georgy

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a set of infectious diseases that primarily affect populations living in low-income countries, caused by a diversity of pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, and parasites, and can lead to significant morbidity and mortality. It is estimated that 1 billion people are affected worldwide by NTDs. These diseases pose a formidable public health problem that disproportionately affects the world's poorest and most disadvantaged population. The control and elimination efforts of these diseases must be led by an integrated approach that addresses the underlying social determinants of health. The World Health Assembly officially designated January 30th as World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day on May 31, 2021. The objective of this article is to provide an overview of the NTDs, their global burden, and the current efforts to control and eliminate them. The background and rationale for reviews on NTDs emphasize the significant burden of these diseases, their impact on individuals and communities, and the need for increased investment in global health initiatives.