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It is estimated that over one billion people from the world’s most disadvantaged and poorest communities suffer from at least one neglected tropical disease (NTD), which can significantly impact upon their physical and emotional wellbeing. 

Close to 60% of the world’s children are expected to reside in the tropics by 2050. Whilst progress to address these diseases is being made only 0.6% of Official Development Assistance (ODA) for Health is allocated to NTDs.

Health challenges such as the Ebola outbreak, together with the wider impact of conflict, environmental degradation, climate change and the frequency of natural disasters put the progress made against NTDs under significant threat. Yet NTDs are markers, agents and drivers of poverty. Controlling and eliminating NTDs can make a proportionately greater contribution than any other investment – more health for less money.