It's well known that podoconiosis—a form of tropical lymphoedema caused by long-term exposure to volcanic soils—causes massive swelling in the lower limbs and intense stigma. But globally there’s little detailed data on the condition’s toll, which hinders much-needed…

Nodding syndrome has devastated thousands of lives across some of East Africa’s most vulnerable and isolated communities.

Farming is the major source of income for young adults residing in sub-Saharan Africa. But for those living in the mycetoma belt, it’s also a curse—one that will continue to destroy lives until affected countries step up and prioritize mycetoma surveillance, management and…

China’s success fighting NTDs may see some setbacks. A study identifies 9 NTDs in danger of reemergence because of the “Belt and Road Initiative,” launched by President Xi Jinping in 2013 to boost economic relations across Asia and Africa. Malaria, leishmaniasis, and…

Neglected tropical diseases affect almost 50% of Africa’s population. But how is the continent faring in the fight against the debilitating slate of diseases? A new “league table” tracking progress and setbacks is set to be presented at the African Union Summit in Ethiopia…

Funding for neglected diseases that afflict some 1 billion people reached a record high in 2017, commanding $3.6 billion. That’s a 7% jump from 2017 and the most since 2007, according to a new report from Sydney-based think tank Policy Cures Research.

The BMJ’s roundup of neglected disease innovations in South Asia shows successes towards the SDG of ending these epidemics by 2030. It also surfaces significant gaps in prevention and treatment, writes Suman Rijal of Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative of India in an…

Artisanal açaí juice is key to the northern Brazilian diet and economy, but a new study bolsters signs it is a source of oral transmission of Chagas disease in the area.  

Schistosomiasis is a neglected disease in every sense. People are often infected for years before feeling side effects, quietly spreading it via water systems. It doesn’t garner much attention in pharmaceuticals and protocols haven’t evolved beyond praziquantel which, while…

Myriad causes have been proposed for “nodding syndrome,” a deadly condition that has plagued children in war-torn areas of East Africa, bringing on progressive seizures and cognitive issues. Now, the first published study of victims’ brains links the condition to…