Neglected Tropical Diseases

Lymphatic Filariasis in Haiti

Lymphatic Filariasis in Haiti - Despite Earthquake, LF Program Continues

Onchocerciasis in the Americas

The Path to the Elimination of Onchocerciasis in the Americas

Guinea Worm Eradication Program at CDC

On the cusp of global eradication - Guinea Worm Eradication Program at CDC

Fact Sheet

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a group of parasitic and bacterial diseases that cause substantial illness for more than one billion people globally. Affecting the world’s poorest people, NTDs impair physical and cognitive development, contribute to mother and child illness and death, make it difficult to farm or earn a living, and limit productivity in the workplace. As a result, NTDs trap the poor in a cycle of poverty and disease.

Page last reviewed: June 6, 2018