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NTD Expertise 2018-2022: Research on neglected tropical diseases

Over one billion people worldwide are affected by Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Nestled within the shadows of global health priorities, NTDs are a group of 21 diseases listed by the World Health Organisation that occur frequently, but not exclusively, in low- and middle-income countries. The diseases are triggered by a wide variety of causes such as viruses, bacteria, parasites, fungi or toxins. 

The people most affected by NTDs are often populations and minorities who are affected by poverty and lack access to adequate healthcare, education, water, sanitation, hygiene and nutrition. Despite the high burden of disease caused by NTDs, global attention is often focussed on other diseases such as HIV, malaria and tuberculosis.

This analysis aims to determine Germany’s contribution to global NTDs research and to analyse progress, gaps and new challenges compared to the previous NTDs report published in 2018. This report was compiled by a project team of 31 authors from 16 German research institutions and organisations. 


Five main findings can be reported:

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This project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) via the DLR Project Management Agency.



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Daniela Fusco, Ph.D.: eine Forscherin vor dunklem Hintergrund, die ihre blonden schulterlangen Haar offen trägt.
Abteilung Infektionsepidemiologie

Ph.D. Daniela Fusco

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E-Mail: fusco@bnitm.de

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