World NTD Day 2023: Snack & Talk about NTDs

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.

The picture shows the world map. Particularly affected areas near the equator are dark red and red, India and North Africa are beige and the USA and large parts of Europe are light green: i.e. not affected.
Areas near the equator are particularly affected by NTDs (dark red and red), India and North Africa have slightly fewer cases (beige). In the USA and large parts of Europe, NTDs do not occur at all.
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The orange-pink tile invites you to the event "Snack & Talk about NTDs" on 30 January 2023 at 5 pm at the Erika Haus of the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf.
Invitation to Snack & Talk about NTDs
©BNITM / Jana Hey

The World Health Organisation (WHO) currently lists 20 neglected tropical diseases. These include worm diseases such as schistosomiasis or river blindness, diseases caused by single-cell parasites such as sleeping sickness or leishmaniasis, bacterial infections such as leprosy and diseases caused by viruses such as dengue fever or rabies. Poisoning from snakebites is also included. Sometimes travellers are also affected after their return.

On the occasion of World NTD Day 2023, the BNITM invites you to a talk event in the Erika-Haus on the premises of the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendor (UKE). There will be a panel discussion with our experts, a photo exhibition and more. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to talk to the panelists and scientists over a snack.

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World NTD Day 2023
January 30, 2023, 5-8 pm
Worldwide, nearly two billion people are at risk of becoming incapacitated, blind, disfigured, disabled or dying earlier due to neglected tropical diseases. Find out what we are doing about it, come to the UKE's Erika House. Venue: Erika-Haus Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf, Martinistraße 52, 20246 Hamburg. Admission is free. Registration is not required.

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