Neglected Tropical Diseases
Neglected tropical diseases affect more than 1 billion people worldwide.
The Foundation is currently or has previously supported NTD programs related to:
- Chagas disease
- Lymphatic filariasis
- Schistosomiasis (bilharziasis)
- Soil-transmitted helminthiasis
Rare in more developed regions, the diseases are “neglected” because they persist in only the poorest communities—places where people lack access to basic health care, nutrition, and sanitary conditions. Children are especially vulnerable, often with lifelong debilitating effects.
The diseases are also “neglected” in the sense that they command relatively little attention from health care systems and medical researchers. Although the diseases cause much suffering, they are not associated with high mortality and pose little danger of spreading to populations worldwide. Some can be prevented, diagnosed, or treated at very low cost, but gaps in the health care delivery system mean that medications and treatments do not reach many communities.
The IZUMI Foundation considers supporting projects that address the 17 neglected tropical diseases identified by the World Health Organization. The foundation often joins in supporting mass drug administration and other communitywide interventions that have proven effective in controlling a disease or its symptoms.