NTDs are diseases that affect the poorest of the poor. They rarely affect the well off usually because of poor hygiene. They are neglected in terms of the research and control funding allocated to them both by ‘developing world’ governments and other donors. Less than 10% of research funds are received for NTDs compared with Malaria, HIV/Aids and TB. Some of the NTDs (eg intestinal worms and schistosomiasis) infect many people but are chronic infections and so cause few deaths, while others (sleeping sickness and visceral leishmaniasis) infect relatively few people and are quickly fatal.
This topic is related to issues relating to development and management of social sector/services relating to health of General Studies II and Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life of General Studies III. Also details of this topic should be followed for prelims too.
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