In focus: Neglected tropical diseases

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Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a diverse group of infectious diseases, including helminths, protozoa, viruses and bacteria. They prevail in a range of tropical and sub-tropical countries, affecting over a billion individuals globally and often causing a disproportional burden on the poorest in our societies.

In our focus we take an overview of the WHO’s Roadmap to end NTDs, but also take a look at issues affecting some of these diseases more specifically, for example, in an exclusive interview, we speak to Prof Sir Roy Anderson about the prospect of a schistosomiasis vaccine.

Taking a closer look at these diseases, we were motivated to partner with charities to try and ensure awareness of NTDs, and have now established relationships with the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative and International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases, both of whom are doing fantastic work advocating for not only the neglected diseases but also the neglected populations suffering from them.

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