The neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a diverse group of 17 communicable diseases which occur primarily in tropical and subtropical climates, affecting over 149 countries and one billion people globally. These diseases are considered “neglected” because they disproportionately affect people living in poverty, and until recently, were largely overlooked by the international community. Over the past several years, there have been major advances in the areas of advocacy, control implementation funding, and drug donation for NTDs. Many new tools are available for NTD diagnosis and control, and the goal of controlling, or in some cases, eliminating them as a public health problem is becoming more feasible. In order to ensure the most effective and efficient use of the monetary and pharmaceutical commitments to the fight against NTDs, evidence-based research (performed in conjunction with country-based control implementation programmes) must constantly be taking place to evaluate NTD control strategies.
The London Centre for Neglected Tropical Disease Research (LCNTDR) was launched in 2013 with the aim of providing focused operational and research support for NTD control. The LCNTDR, a joint initiative of the Natural History Museum, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the Royal Veterinary College, the Partnership for Child Development, the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, and Imperial College London, undertakes interdisciplinary research to build the evidence base around the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of NTD control and elimination programmes.
This series features recent advances in scientific research for NTD control executed by LCNTDR member institutions and their collaborators. It aims to highlight the wide range of work being undertaken by the LCNTDR towards achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals as well as supporting the objectives of the London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases.
Collection published: 27 January 2016
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