WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

Global Network aims to boost access to NTD medical help

The Global Network said on Friday that it aspires to expand global access to neglected tropical-disease (NTD) treatment options as part of its Millennium Development Goals.

Recently, both the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and the Group of 7 (G7) -- United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan -- have joined the group to call attention to NTDs and to add momentum to the global movement to control and eliminate them once and for all.

NTDs are a group of 17 parasitic and bacterial infections that have a devastating impact on the poorest communities across the globe, further exacerbating poverty and inequality. These diseases impede economic growth and can cause, among other things, impaired childhood growth and development, poor pregnancy outcomes, blindness and crippling disfigurement.

Under Brazil’s leadership, NTDs were added to the BRICS’ collective health agenda for the first time during the Fourth BRICS Health Ministers Meeting, held in Brasilia in December. Officials pledged to improve access to existing health solutions that will help the world control and eliminate NTDs by the year 2020.

Neglected and poverty-related diseases will be on the agenda for the 2015 G7 Summit, which will be held on June 7-8 in Germany. At the 2008 Hokkaido Toyako Summit, G7 leaders made the commitment to reach at least 75 percent of the people affected by NTDs to eliminate those certain diseases as certifiable public health threats.

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