Knowledge Note

There is global support for the control and elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in low income countries. In 2012, as part of the London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases, the pharmaceutical industry collectively committed to donate most of the drugs necessary for an Africa-wide NTD program. These donations present an exceptional opportunity for countries and development partners to build on the success of the river blindness programs and expand the effort to address all preventable NTDs using a common community delivery system to distribute preventive medicines, as well as to build health systems that can provide case management for intensive disease management (IDM) NTDs. The same delivery system can deliver medicines for NTDs and for seasonal malaria control, as well as distribute insecticide treated bed nets to prevent mosquito-borne diseases. According to the 2013 Lancet Commission on Investing in Health, the “elimination of (high burden NTDs) for such low costs… represent[s] very good value for money.”