Neglected Tropical Diseases

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are primarily parasitic and bacterial infections that thrive in impoverished settings, especially in the heat and humidity of tropical climates. They are spread by insects, contaminated water and soil that is infested with the eggs or larvae of worms.

Neglected NTDs affect the most marginalized and voiceless communities living in poverty and conflict zones. These diseases disproportionately affect children, women and people with disabilities and flourish under conditions characterized by poor housing and sanitation, unsafe water, and limited access to basic health care.

NTDs frequently cause pain and chronic disability, impairing childhood growth and mental development. Various NTDs can cause swelling of limbs, blindness, abdominal pain, anemia and general weakness, among other symptoms.

River Blindness and trachoma are two of five major NTDs.

CBM Helps

CBM holds leadership roles with many programs worldwide in preventing and treating NTDs, including the Neglected Tropical Disease NGDO Network. CBM also provides simple diagnostic tools and distributes drugs to help cure NTDs. The average cost of a treatment is estimated at only 50 cents per person per year.

CBM also provides continuum of care for affected people to reduce suffering and the stigma that comes from having the disease. We help enable the person with the disease to participate fully in family and community life.

In addition, CBM and its partners’ strong experience in Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR), self-help groups, and livelihood provides unique technical expertise in this often neglected area.


Disabilities Served

CBM serves children, women and men with visual, hearing, physical and/or mental disabilities. Some of the disabilities served include:


Cerebral Palsy

Cleft Lip/Cleft Palate

Club Foot

Deafness/Hearing Impairments



Irreversible Blindness

Mental Impairment

Neglected Tropical Diseases

Obstetric Fistula

River Blindness


Visual Impairments

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