Integrating WASH into Neglected Tropical Diseases: A Desk Review

The WASHplus Project, May 2013

100 pp. 1.1 MB

More than 1 billion people worldwide suffer from one or more painful, debilitating tropical diseases that disproportionately impact poor and rural populations, cause severe sickness and disability, compromise mental and physical development, contribute to childhood malnutrition, reduce school enrolment, and hinder economic productivity. Five of these neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) – lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminths (STH) and trachoma can be controlled and/or eliminated with four to six years of mass drug administration (MDA). STH, schistosomiasis, and trachoma are all clearly linked to inadequate sanitation, contaminated food and water, and poor hygiene, providing an opportunity for water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) related approaches to help change behaviour and the environment.

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