The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released a global plan to eliminate and eradicate Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) using Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) by the year 2020.
Over 1 billion people are affected by Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). These diseases cause chronic disability and death among the poorest of the poor- the same people who lack access to basic water and sanitation.
WASH is a critical element in the prevention and care of 16 out of the 17 NTDs. Poor WASH conditions and NTDs contribute to a vicious cycle of disease and poverty.
The new strategy has the following elements:
- Improve awareness of the co-benefits of the joint WASH and NTDs action by sharing experience and evidence.
- Use WASH and NTDs monitoring to highlight inequalities, target investment, and track progress.
- Strengthen evidence on how to deliver effective WASH interventions for NTD control and elimination.
- Plan, deliver and evaluate WASH and NTD programmes
Link to the web release:
Link to the Strategy document:
Link to the Third WHO report on neglected tropical diseases:
Link to the infographic on WASH and NTDs (PDF):
Link to facts on tackling NTDs using WASH: