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Neglected Tropical Diseases in the ECOWAS Region : epidemiology, management, challenges and innovation
Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) include diseases such as onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, filariasis, and yaws that affect the poorest and most disadvantaged people in society. Besides their chronic debilitating effects, NTDs are associated with stigma and social exclusion from disability and disfigurement.

Several NTDs have been targeted for elimination by the year 2030. The WHO roadmap 2021-30 has set some ambitious targets: achieve a 90% reduction in number of people requiring interventions for NTDs, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals; eliminate at least one NTD in 100 countries; secure a 75% reduction in NTD-related disability-adjusted years; and eradicate two NTDs—dracunculiasis and yaws. In the ECOWAS region, Ghana, Togo and The Gambia have been certified as having eliminated trachoma or lymphatic filariasis. The region is close to eliminating human African trypanosomiasis and yaws. Human cases of guinea worm have not been reported since 2016. Much of the gains by the Member States has been achieved through political support, mass drug administration, improved sanitation and strengthened health systems with the support of development partners, NGOs and the pharmaceutical industry.

Sep 30, 2021 10:00 AM in Universal Time UTC

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