Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) affect nearly one-third of the global population. These diseases negatively impact families’ economic stability, affect children’s ability to attend school, and hamper countries’ economic growth. They trap communities in a cycle of poverty and can contribute to global conflicts that affect everyone.
The U.S. has already significantly increased its attention to NTDs over the past decade through increased spending and charging a number of government agencies with addressing this challenge. It has already made addressing NTDs part of U.S. foreign policy and made funding available for this effort, there’s no need for this legislation.