Tropical Diseases: Facts and Figures
Neglected tropical diseases do not travel easily and are mostly concentrated in settings of extreme poverty in remote rural areas, in urban slums or conflict zones and thrive in conditions of impoverishment. Worldwide, 149 countries and territories are affected by at least one neglected tropical disease (NTD). NTDs kill an estimated 534,000 people worldwide every year. Most low-income countries are affected by at least five neglected tropical diseases simultaneously. Individuals are often afflicted with more than one parasite or infection. Treatment cost for most NTD mass drug administration programs is estimated at less than US fifty cents per person per year.