About Neglected Tropical Diseases

At a glance

  • Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) include several parasitic, viral, bacterial, fungal, and non-communicable diseases that cause tremendous disability and illness for more than one billion people globally.
  • Affecting the populations already experiencing health and economic disparities, 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.


People in affected communities often lack access to basic or adequate resources, like medical care or sanitation. Safe and effective medicines can control many NTDs through mass drug administration (MDA) programs in the affected communities.

CDC supports global programs to eliminate the following NTDs


Fact sheet covering neglected tropical diseases.
Neglected Tropical Diseases fact sheet

Neglected Tropical Diseases fact sheet