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Will you speak out for the world's poorest people?
500 million children around the world are debilitated every year from neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) like trachoma and river blindness that could have been easily prevented or treated. Currently, the United Nations does not have a comprehensive plan to address Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs).
NTDs are the most common afflictions of the world's poorest people. These debilitating and painful diseases affect more than 500 million children worldwide -- often leaving them malnourished, anemic, and too sick to learn and attend school. Despite the global need to address NTDs, funding, research, and the political will to tackle these horrific diseases lags significantly behind other health and development issues.
This is why we need to ask UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to include NTDs in the post-2015 development agenda.
Treating NTDs is a catalyst for achieving broader development goals –more children thriving and attending school, fewer women infected with HIV and ending malnutrition. The UN plays an important role in setting priorities for governments. If we act now, we can persuade the world's governments to help the world's most neglected people by resolving to eliminate NTDs once and for all.
Help reduce poverty and inequality among the world's most
marginalized populations. We've made so much progress in treating NTDs around the world in the
past decade, but UN support is vital.
Now's your change to speak out. Will you add your name?