Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) comprise about 20 diseases and put 1.7 billion people at risk worldwide. These include schistosomiasis, African sleeping sickness, and river blindness or onchocerciasis. Poor people in particular are disproportionately affected. Neglect relates primarily to attention, research funding, drug research and health policy. By joining the Kigali Declaration, the German government has committed itself to working with partners to support the affected countries and regions in the fight against NTDs. Germany already supports various programs in this area. In civil society, the German Network against Neglected Tropical Diseases (DNTDs) supports research and development in this area. Members at Charité are the Institute of Microbiology and Infection Immunology and the Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health.
Acting Director, Institute of Tropical Medicine and International HealthCharité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
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