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This blog is written and maintained by the Wikiprogress Africa Network. This network, hosted by the OECD, aims to provide a platform for knowledge sharing on measuring progress and well-being in an African context.

Ce blog est administré et mis à jour par le réseau Wikiprogress Africa. Ce réseau, hébergé par l'OCDE, est une plateforme axée sur le partage de connaissances dans le domaine de la mesure du progrès et du bien-être des sociétés africaines.

jeudi 25 juillet 2013

Why neglected tropical diseases matter in reducing poverty

This working paper of the Overseas Development Institute aims to establish the links between neglected tropical diseases and poverty rates. While neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) have been recognised for centuries – indeed as ‘biblical plagues’ – NTDs have, as the name implies, remained below the radar of most international and national policy-makers. In this working paper, Fiona Samuels and Romina Rodríguez Pose explore how NTDs constitute a critical area for improving health-care outcomes more broadly. They outline what NTDs are and how they are treated, explore why they are important for progress in health and broader well-being, using the MDG framework as a structure for analysis, and reveal some of the factors that they see as critical to controlling and eventually eliminating NTDs, before discussing some of the challenges going forward.


Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) have a direct impact on the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Without addressing these diseases, the broader aim of poverty alleviation is unlikely to be achieved. Straightforward and highly cost-effective strategies are available to control and eventually eradicate or eliminate NTDs. Success in controlling, eliminating or eradicating NTDs depends on partnerships between multiple constituencies that enable countries to adapt international guidelines to local contexts, integrate NTD programmes into health systems and engage communities in implementation.

The report is downloadable here

Ousmane Aly DIALLO

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