Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) occur mainly in resource-poor regions of the Global South. They particularly affect the poorest part of the population in already poor countries. These people usually have no access to adequate medical care, clean drinking water and sufficient alimentation.
NTDs are caused by bacteria, viruses or parasites. The diseases usually do not lead directly to death, but are often a great burden for those affected, their relatives and subsequently also for the economic situation in the affected countries. NTDs are therefore an important obstacle to sustainable development in these countries.