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World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day 2024

World NTD Day

January 29, 2024

Every year on 30 January, the World Health Organization (WHO) raises awareness of Neglected tropical diseases (NTD) as part of World NTD Day.

What are neglected tropical diseases?

What is the theme for the 2024 WHO campaign for NTDs?

It is estimated that >1 billion people are affected by NTDs and that 1.6 billion require prevention and curative NTD interventions.

The WHO has issued 6 key messages for this campaign: Fighting NTDs requires universal health coverage (1) and the adaptation of public health strategies to climate change (2). The halfway milestone for 2030 has been reached as 50 countries have eliminated at least one NTD (3). Fighting NTDs is a key component of global health security (4) and all health services must be maintained during a health crisis (5). Preserving the health of the most vulnerable is essential to reach equity in global health (6).