Five things you must know about Neglected Tropical Diseases:

Five things you must know about Neglected Tropical Diseases:

Five things you must know about Neglected Tropical Diseases:

Five things you must know about Neglected Tropical Diseases:

Five things you must know about Neglected Tropical Diseases:

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They account for more than 20 infectious diseases.

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Above all, they affect people living in impoverished situations and rural areas.

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They can be prevented but still affect millions of people.

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The majority of cases occur in zones where the access to health, drinking water, hygiene and sanitation is inadequate.

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They do not cause significant mortality data but weaken, disfigure and incapacitate the people suffering from them.

NTDs can be easily treated, but because they affect forgotten people, combatting them is not a priority.

At Anesvad Foundation, we focus on combatting four of these forgotten skin diseases.

Buruli ulcer
  • This debilitating disease is caused by the bacteria Mycobacterum ulcerans.
  • Although its forms of transmission are unknown, it is related to stagnant and unsafe water.
  • It is present in 33 tropical-climate countries and is mostly concentrated in Western and Central Africa.
  • Most patients are children from Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Treatment and recovery require several weeks of medication and treating wounds. In severe cases, it requires skin grafting and surgery.
  • Treating it with antibiotics is cheap and effective, but if it is not treated in time it can lead to problems of morbidity, stigma and disability.
Leprosy
  • Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium leprae.
  • It is transmitted by prolonged contact with people who suffer from it.
  • If not treated in time, it can cause progressive and permanent skin lesions, affect the nerves, the mucosa of the respiratory tract, and eyes.
  • It can be cured through multi-drug therapy and once the treatment is under way, the people affected by leprosy no longer transmit it.
  • The stigma associated with leprosy in developing countries remains one of the biggest hindrances to its detection and treatment.
Yaws
  • This is an infectious and disfiguring disease caused by bacteria similar to the bacteria which causes syphilis.
  • It is transmitted by direct contact, via small lesions, with an infected person.
  • Between 75% and 80% of patients are children under 15. It affects the skin, bones and cartilage, causing disability if not treated in time.
  • It can be cured with one oral dose of azithromycin, an antibiotic found in any chemist and costing no more than 4.50 euros.
  • But for insufficient resources, it could be eradicated.
Lymphatic filariasis
  • Es causad
  • This is transmitted in parasites called nematodes (roundworms) carried by mosquitos.
  • Currently, this disease is endemic in 73 countries.
  • Filarial worms are reproduced in the lymphatic system and generate larvae that circulates around the blood of the infected person.
  • It can cause hypertrophy in extremities, causing pain, serious disability and social stigma.
  • Preventive chemotherapy is the most effective treatment to stop its spread.

Our data from 2020

  • 4 countries Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo and Benin
  • 11 million people benefit from our programmes
  • 37 operational projects
  • + 25 partner organisations
  • €6.5 million in direct investment

We combat Neglected Tropical Diseases

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Giving a voice to women with disability from Togo
Socio-economic wellbeing Socio-economic wellbeing

Giving a voice to women with disability from Togo

This project will impact their finances, health and demand a space in Togo’s society where their voices can be heard.

Resources for the Togo health care system to combat NTDs
Detection and treatment Detection and treatment

Resources for the Togo health care system to combat NTDs

In Togo, the health system lacks sufficient resources to combat easily treatable forgotten diseases. We are moving forward in our aim to eliminate leprosy, control the Buruli ulcer and eradicate yaws in Togo.

A national strategy to control and eliminate skin-related NTDs
Detection and treatment Detection and treatment

A national strategy to control and eliminate skin-related NTDs

Through this initiative, we are contributing to strengthening public health systems, from small aid stations in the remotest villages to health centres in reference-point towns.

Support for the WHO in combatting NTDs in 14 countries of Sub-Saharan Africa
Political advocacy Political advocacy

Support for the WHO in combatting NTDs in 14 countries of Sub-Saharan Africa

Since 2013, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has promoted an integrated approach to controlling, eliminating and eradicating 20 Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). However, over 1 billion people still suffer from them around the world, particularly in the most impoverished and forgotten places on the planet.

Awareness, prevention and early treatment of NTDs
Detection and treatment Detection and treatment

Awareness, prevention and early treatment of NTDs

Benin is one of the poorest countries in West Africa, a region hit by various skin-related Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), such as the Buruli ulcer and yaws, which primarily affect children.

Clean water against forgotten diseases
Socio-economic wellbeing Socio-economic wellbeing

Clean water against forgotten diseases

Chiépo is a rural community of 5,372 inhabitants in Ivory Coast with a strong presence of NTDs such as the Buruli ulcer and leprosy. Deficient hygiene and sanitation practices are also frequent here.

Local alliances to provide education about forgotten diseases
Political advocacy Political advocacy

Local alliances to provide education about forgotten diseases

The Benin public health system is one of the most fragile in Sub-Saharan Africa. To turn this situation around, the Benin Government and Administration must commit to allocating resources and action plans which guarantee the population’s Right to Health.

Change led by Zè women
Socio-economic wellbeing Socio-economic wellbeing

Change led by Zè women

Women’s leadership is key to stopping NTDs and the violence women suffer. Through this initiative, we have encountered different groups of women who became involved in awareness-raising activities from the start.

Combatting NTDs in the Mô prefecture
Socio-economic wellbeing Socio-economic wellbeing

Combatting NTDs in the Mô prefecture

The access for most of the population in the Mô prefecture, in eastern Togo, to basic infrastructures, supplies and health services is limited. The aim is to improve living conditions to reduce NTDs in Mô, Togo.

LRI: The International Alliance to end leprosy
Political advocacy Political advocacy

LRI: The International Alliance to end leprosy

We have joined forces with the Leprosy Research Initiative (LRI), an international consortium to improve the diagnosis and research of leprosy and fund initiatives that contribute to these endeavours.

A new future for women and girls from Saint Camille de Davougon Hospital
Socio-economic wellbeing Socio-economic wellbeing

A new future for women and girls from Saint Camille de Davougon Hospital

Women and girls from Saint Camille de Davougon need opportunities to leave exclusion behind. In this project, we drive forward the Davougon Women’s Centre.

Access to basic rights for people with disability
Socio-economic wellbeing Socio-economic wellbeing

Access to basic rights for people with disability

People with disability in Togo constitute one of the most forgotten groups. We work in collaboration with the German NGDO DAHW and the Togo Federation of Associations for People with Disability.

Support for three laboratories researching and detecting NTDs
Medicines and research Medicines and research

Support for three laboratories researching and detecting NTDs

Medical research is also conducted in African laboratories. We carry forward work conducted by three of the main laboratories in Ghana that detect NTDs.

The fight against forgotten skin-related diseases
Detection and treatment Detection and treatment

The fight against forgotten skin-related diseases

Since 2013, Ivory Coast has developed a Management Plan of Integrated Control for the dozen NTDs present in the country with the support of the Anesvad Foundation.

A clinical trial to reduce the treatment time for the Buruli ulcer by half
Medicines and research Medicines and research

A clinical trial to reduce the treatment time for the Buruli ulcer by half

After decades combatting the Buruli ulcer, which affects thousands of people in over 33 countries, we are still unaware of its exact mode of transmission. We know it is related to environments with stagnant and unsafe water.

Stopping gender inequality to improve health in the Côte d’Ivoire district of Divo
Socio-economic wellbeing Socio-economic wellbeing

Stopping gender inequality to improve health in the Côte d’Ivoire district of Divo

We work alongside the Ivorian organisation Génération Femmes du Troisième Millénaire (GFM3) in the Divo health district. Our aim is to drive forward local development by improving living conditions for women, with a focus on fighting NTDs

Ending NTDs in Gagnoa by 2023
Socio-economic wellbeing Socio-economic wellbeing

Ending NTDs in Gagnoa by 2023

To combat NTDs in Gagnoa, we work in collaboration with the Ivorian Ministry of Health via their National Programmes to fight against leprosy and the Buruli ulcer.

Strengthening the African network of laboratories for Buruli ulcer research
Medicines and research Medicines and research

Strengthening the African network of laboratories for Buruli ulcer research

There are currently no unified protocols for detecting Buruli ulcer. Although the WHO sets guidelines for the control of NTDs, many laboratories in Africa do not have standardised protocols for sample collection and subsequent screening and diagnosis of these diseases.

Disability associated with neglected diseases
Socio-economic wellbeing Socio-economic wellbeing

Disability associated with neglected diseases

Disability associated with neglected diseases continues to be one of the most discriminatory factors for those suffering from these diseases.

The fight against forgotten skin-related diseases-duplicate-1
Detection and treatment Detection and treatment

The fight against forgotten skin-related diseases-duplicate-1

Early diagnosis and immediate treatment is the only way to prevent disability caused by Buruli ulcer. Our ultimate goal is to have this RDT approved by the WHO.