An Initiative to Reduce the Unacceptable Burden of Neglected Tropical Diseases in the Asia Pacific Region
by Molly Brady, Padmasiri Eswara Aratchige, Maria Gemma Cabanos et al.
World Health Organization and Asian Development Bank, 2014
Caused by several different organisms, neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are present in at least 39 countries and areas in the Asia Pacific, and more than 1 billion people are at risk of infection with at least one of them. This publication describes the burden, outlines defined actionable objectives and signifies a call to action to help close the gap of US$ 121 million needed to fight these diseases. It outlines how, with renewed commitment and investment, the Asia Pacific region can achieve the goals of neglected tropical diseases control and elimination and contribute to poverty reduction and development among its most vulnerable populations.