The London Centre for NTD Research and the UK Coalition Against Neglected Tropical Diseases (UKCNTDs) are supporting a campaign to raise awareness around NTDs. As a member of the UKCNTD, The Fred Hollows Foundation (UK) would like to encourage your help with this push to broaden the reach and understanding about Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs).
The campaign launched on 28 September 2016 on social media and in a Guardian newspaper supplement.
Please click on www.thunderclap.it/projects/45629-ntds-awareness-campaign-2016
The campaign seeks no monetary donations, its aim is to share the recognition of NTDs through Facebook and Twitter networks.
With your help the impact could be massive. A similar campaign for malaria reached over 15million people through social media so it would be great to do the same for #NTDs
Nearly one in six people worldwide are affected by NTDs – a group of bacterial, viral and parasitic diseases which disproportionately affect the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world.
Most people have never heard of the 17 NTDs, such as lymphatic filariasis, sleeping sickness, schistosomiasis, river blindness, trachoma
or hookworm. But these diseases damage the lives of over one billion people worldwide. Without prevention and treatment, NTDs can lead to lifelong impairments, suffering, and even death. NTDs also result in massive economic losses which damage endemic country economies, communities and individuals.
Thriving in poor and disadvantaged communities that lack access to health services, adequate sanitation and clean water, NTDs can cause blindness, disfigurement, and in children can lead to malnutrition and impaired cognitive and physical development, trapping families in a cycle of poverty and disease. However, many of the most common NTDs can be treated and prevented through incredibly effective and inexpensive interventions.
In 2011, the World Health Organization adopted an ambitious road map that set targets for the control (and in some cases, elimination) of NTDs by 2020. Join us on 28 September and continue the conversation on how we can reach a place where there are #NoMoreNTDs
By supporting this effort, we can make this campaign
the most impactful yet!