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Neglected Tropical Diseases

We’re playing a pivotal role in the global movement to stamp out 17 diseases—known as neglected tropical diseases—that together threaten more than a billion people in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Central and South America.

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20 Articles
  1. A doctor at Chaoyang Maternal and Child Health Care Centre in Beijing, China, immunizes a young girl against Japanese encephalitis while her father comforts her. Photo: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
    August 20, 2019

    How a little-known vaccine in China became a global lifesaving tool

    A Chinese vaccine manufacturer and PATH partnered to scale a lifesaving vaccine, protecting millions of children across Asia from deadly Japanese encephalitis.

  2. image003.jpg The dose pole in action in Uttar Pradesh India
    May 1, 2019

    Color-coded "dose pole" simplifies treatment of a disfiguring disease

    Six-foot pole with color-coded sections helps health workers quickly calculate dosage—and curb one of the world’s most dreaded diseases.

  3. DSC03377.JPG DRC sleeping sickness clinic 2018. Photo: PATH/Carolyn Reynolds.
    February 5, 2019

    PATH celebrates progress in fight against sleeping sickness in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

    One year after declaring January 30 be annually recognized as National Human African trypanosomiasis (HAT) Day, the Congolese government and PATH celebrate progress toward disease elimination and launch new scholarship fund to train the next cohort of HAT fighters.

  4. A boy pumps water from a well in Zimbabwe. Photo: PATH/Jesse Schubert
    November 15, 2018

    Stemming the tide of drug-resistant typhoid in Zimbabwe

    November 12-18 is World Antibiotic Awareness Week—a time to raise awareness about the growing threat of drug resistance and our collective responsibility to safeguard the effectiveness of antibiotics through appropriate use. Drug-resistant typhoid is an urgent and growing issue that can be slowed with vaccines, which help prevent illness and the need for antibiotics in the first place. As a principle partner of the Typhoid Vaccine Acceleration Consortium, PATH is helping countries introduce typhoid conjugate vaccines (TCVs) to control outbreaks of typhoid and stem the growth of drug resistance.


    Here’s one story from Zimbabwe.

  5. Health center staff with Dr. Mukergee and children standing in front of Japanese Encephalitis poster, West Bengal, India, July 2006
    October 30, 2018

    Japanese encephalitis—no longer neglected: A model for other new vaccines

    No longer neglected? Japanese encephalitis is a model for new vaccines to prevent other tropical diseases.

  6. Onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis biplex test
    August 14, 2018

    Game-changing diagnostics for two neglected tropical diseases

    New rapid diagnostic tests for onchocerciasis (river blindness) and lymphatic filariasis will guide surveillance of mass drug administration programs needed for elimination.

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