Recently, India joined the world and Light Up Qutub Minar as a sign of unity to combat the Neglected Tropical Diseases.

Points To Note

  • This was done to mark the second annual World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day that will be observed on 30th January.
  • The World NTD Day highlights the global community’s commitment to end the diseases.
  • The Neglected Tropical Diseases cause immeasurable suffering among the most marginalized communities of the world.
  • On the occasion of World Neglected Tropical Diseases day, 50 landmarks representing the 25 nations of the world will be lit up. They will celebrate how far the world have come together in beating the NTD.

Neglected Tropical Diseases

  • The Neglected Tropical Diseases are a diverse group of communicable diseases that prevail in tropical and subtropical conditions.
  • These diseases affect more than 1 billion people every year. In combating the disease, the countries invest billions of dollars every year.
  • The Populations who are living in poverty, where there is no adequate sanitation, those who are in close contact with infectious vectors, domestic animals & livestock are highly affected by such diseases.
  • As per the World Health Organization major NTDs are: Buruli Ulcers, Chagas Disease, Dengue, Chikungunya, Sleeping Sickness (Human African Trypanosomiasis), Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy), Trachoma Mycetoma, chromo-blastomycosis, deep mycoses etc.

NTD cases in India

  • According to the data, one in 5 people in the world are affected by Neglected Tropical Diseases.
  • India is home to the world’s largest absolute burden of 11 of the major neglected tropical diseases.

World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day

The day is an awareness day that addresses the neglected tropical diseases. World NTD Day was celebrated on 20 January 2020 for the first time. The date, 30 January, marks the anniversary of the 2012 London Declaration on NTDs. The London declaration had unified the partners across sectors, countries and disease communities for a greater cooperation, investment and action on Neglected Tropical Diseases.

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