Neglected Diseases

More than 40 million people suffer from lifelong disabilities caused by a group of neglected diseases that affect the poorest and most marginalized people in the world.

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With your support, we are working around the world to find, diagnose and treat people suffering with these terrible diseases:

 

  • Leprosy
  • Buruli Ulcer
  • Leishmaniasis
  • Lymphatic Filariasis
  • Trachoma
  • Yaws
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Buruli Ulcer

  • Caused by bacteria related to leprosy; these bacteria can eat flesh or even bone.
  • May cause deformity, disability, permanent scarring and fatal infections. Severe cases require surgery and skin grafts. 
  • Thousands of cases in 30 countries, mainly in West Africa
  • Affected people are often ostracized; 50% are under 15 years old.
  • Cure: 8 weeks of antibiotics

Leishmaniasis

  • Caused by parasites carried by sand flies
  • 1 million new cases per year
  • Can cause skin lesions
  • Can be cured

Lymphatic Filariasis (Elephantiasis)

  • Caused by parasites carried by mosquitoes
  • Can lead to severe lower limb swelling
  • 36-40 million people disabled
  • Cure: Single doses of two medicines

Trachoma

  • Caused by bacteria carried by people and flies
  • Affects eyes
  • 1.9 million people blind or visually impaired
  • Cured with antibiotics

Yaws

  • Caused by bacteria spread person to person
  • Causes skin ulcers
  • 75-80% people affected are children
  • 60,000 cases reported per year
  • Cure: Single dose of antibiotic