Neglected Tropical Diseases

Neglected tropical diseases affect more than a billion people. These diseases of the poor are notorious for their disabling symptoms. Progress has been slow, but the drug industry and communities are redoubling efforts to eliminate treatable conditions

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Household by household, person by person, an army of health workers is trying to rid India of an ancient and disfiguring disease

Despite some progress, the fight is a long way from the finish

The World Health Organisation has selected 18 as good candidates to be controlled

Funding and progress on treatment for the disease stalled, pushing those afflicted into a life of stigma and poverty

The country’s civil war has allowed the infamous disease to re-emerge, and even families that have fled have not escaped it

Tropical parasites are thriving in the hot, humid US south, where the poorest areas face new healthcare budget cuts

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