World NTD Day 2020: An Essay in Photos

NTD Day 2020

CDC works with many partners, including the Haiti Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP), to implement mass drug administration for the elimination of lymphatic filariasis (LF). In this photo, children at a school in Port-au-Prince, Haiti line up to take the medicines that will eliminate this debilitating neglected tropical disease (NTD). Credit: Tara Brant/CDC

 

NTD day 2020

CDC works closely with the American Samoa Department of Public Health and other partners to eliminate LF in American Samoa, the last US territory with known transmission of the NTD. In this photo, a young girl takes preventive medicines during a round of mass drug administration. Credit: Kimberly Won/CDC

 

World NTD day 2020

Impact of mass drug administration and progress towards elimination of lymphatic filariasis is measured by surveys. CDC was instrumental in developing the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) monitoring guidelines and has been providing technical assistance around the world ever since. This photo shows school students whose blood had been tested at one of the schools where a survey was being conducted in Laos. Credit: Kimberly Won/CDC

 

World NTD day 2020

CDC works with countries to strengthen the quality, reliability, and comparability of laboratory results used for decision making by NTD control and elimination programs. In this photo, laboratory technicians in Tanzania are preparing filter paper blood spots that will be used to test blood samples for multiple parasitic diseases. Credit: Kimberly Won/CDC

 

NTD day 2020

Public health professionals from Southeast Asia and Africa participate in a training on how to care for persons living with lymphedema (a complication of LF) at the Filariasis Research Unit at T.D. Medical College in Kerala, India. The simple and safe procedures taught during these workshops can improve the health of persons with lymphedema and help them to be more active and mobile and prevent their lymphedema from getting worse. Credit: © T.D. Medical College

 

NTD day 2020

Trachoma is an NTD that affects approximately 84 million people worldwide and can lead to blindness when people are repeatedly infected. Currently, trachoma is detected by eye exams—flipping the eyelids and looking for signs of the disease. CDC developed a new blood-based test for trachoma to measure progress towards elimination of blinding trachoma. In this image, a health worker is being trained to perform an eye exam near Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Credit: Kathryn Alaine Knipes/CDC

 

NTD day 2020

CDC developed a new blood-based test for trachoma to measure progress towards elimination of blinding trachoma. Laboratory scientists in Tanzania will test more than 3,000 blood samples collected as part of a survey to determine the impact of trachoma elimination programs. Staff at Muhimbili Hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, note the blue-to-yellow color change to read the results of the test. Credit: Diana Martin/CDC

Page last reviewed: January 30, 2020