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