Neglected Tropical Diseases

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are a group of parasitic and bacterial infections that affect approximately one billion people. They are considered "neglected" because they persist exclusively in the poorest and most marginalised populations with low visibility and little political voice. NTDs are most common in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Pacific Island nations.

There has been success in the control of some NTDs such as onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis. Support for interventions against NTDs has come from a number of organisations, including WHO, USAID, DFID, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and others.

LATH and LSTM, through the Centre for Neglected Tropical Diseases, have significant experience in NTD programme implementation and research.


NTD Control Program: Launch of mass drug distribution campaign in Gangaoal, Burkina Faso, January 2009.

Image provided by Dr Achille Kabore, West Africa Regional Manager, Neglected Tropical Diseases Control Program






Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) Control Program, 2006-2011

Centre for Neglected Tropical Diseases

NTDs Control Program