The World Health Organization’s second report on neglected tropical diseases published today highlights unprecedented progress during the past two years.
"Sustaining the drive to overcome the global impact of neglected tropical diseases"
Renewed momentum has shifted the world closer to eliminating many of these conditions that take their greatest toll among the poor, thanks to a new global strategy, a regular supply of quality-assured, cost-effective medicines and support from global partners.
Support from countries endemic for these diseases and partners have helped fast-track actions and initiatives that are now having a measurable impact in affected countries and considerable scaling up of preventive chemotherapy. This intervention involves the widespread delivery of single-dose, quality-assured medicines. In 2010 alone, 711 million people received treatment for at least one of the four diseases targeted for preventive chemotherapy (lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiases).