Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) affect more than 1.5 billion of the world’s poorest people, seriously damaging their health and potentially robbing them of educational and economic opportunities. Combating NTDs is one of the most cost-effective interventions in global health today: because of innovative partnerships with pharmaceutical companies, treatment for some of the most common diseases often requires one pill, once a year—at a cost of $.50 per person.
The Shefa Fund has supported the prevention and treatment of schistosomiasis and intestinal worms. In Ethiopia, mass drug administration treated millions of school-aged children. In Yemen, large-scale treatment, including for river blindness, reached people at schools and in community amidst challenges of civil war.
guidebooks on preventing NTDs produced
people treated for schistosomiasis and intestinal worms
children accessed treatment for intestinal worms
teachers and health workers trained on deworming treatment guidelines created by the World Health Organization
tablets distributed in total for schistosomiasis and intestinal worms and river blindness treatments
school-age children and adults across 33 districts treated for river blindness
A $500,000 grant allowed the END Fund to assist Yemen’s Ministry of Health and Population in continuing to implement and monitor the national NTD program, training 14,000 people to distribute medicine in communities. The grant enabled mass drug administration for schistosomiasis and intestinal worms—distributing over 14.6 million tablets to treat nearly 4 million people, and achieving 82% therapeutic coverage. This grant also supported large-scale treatment for river blindness, through which 1.1 million ivermectin tablets were distributed in a house-to-house campaign.
The END Fund, a leader in the prevention and treatment of neglected tropical diseases, works collaboratively with other non-governmental organizations, pharmaceutical companies, leaders from developing countries, and communities to prevent and treat five of the most prevalent NTDs.
1 Banner, 2 Combating NTDs | Photo Credit Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation