Neglected Tropical Diseases
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are a diverse group of communicable diseases that mostly prevail in tropical and subtropical conditions. The main causative agents of NTDs are bacteria, parasites, viruses, helminthes and protozoa and almost includes 18 infectious diseases. They mostly affect populations living in poverty (generally children), without proper sanitation and in close contact with various infectious vectors and disease causing livestocks, and causes significant health and financial burdens across the underdeveloped nations. NTDs are very common and sometimes fatal and they regularly infect humans. They are prevalent in 149 countries affecting more than 1.4 billion people costing developing economies billions of dollars every year and are responsible for millions of deaths and disabilities each year, across the globe.