LIGHT UP THE WORLD FOR NEGLECTED TROPICAL DISEASES DAY

January 30, 2021 will mark the second annual World NTD Day, highlighting the global commitment to ending Neglected Tropical Diseases. On World NTD day, 50 landmarks around the world will light up orange to raise awareness of the 1.7 billion people whose lives are threatened every day.

Neglected Tropical Diseases blind, disable and disfigure people, taking away not only their health, but also their chances of staying in school, earning a living, or even being accepted by their family or community.

Watch to get an overview of NTDs and learn how health institutions are teaming up with local doctors to #EndTheNeglect.

WHAT ARE NEGLECTED TROPICAL DISEASES?

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) blind, disable and disfigure people, taking away not only their health, but also their chances of staying in school, earning a living, or even being accepted by their family or community.

LIST OF NEGLECTED TROPICAL DISEASES

Buruli ulcer Mycetoma, chromoblastomycosis and other deep mycoses
Chagas disease Onchocerciasis
Dengue and Chikungunya Rabies
Guinea worm disease Scabies and other ectoparasites
Echinococcosis Schistosomiasis
Foodborne trematodiases Soil-transmitted helminthiases
Human African trypanosomiasis Snakebite envenoming
Leishmaniasis Taeniasis/Cysticercosis
Leprosy Trachoma
Lymphatic filariasis Yaws

Orbis and Neglected Tropical Diseases

The Neglected Tropical Disease that Orbis primarily focuses on is trachoma.

Trachoma - a painful bacterial eye infection - is one of those most prevalent Neglected Tropical Diseases and a major focus of our work globally. We recently celebrated the news that trachoma has decreased by 91% since 2002 in endemic areas.

This is all thanks to the collaborative efforts of the eye health community and those who support it, helping get clean water, sanitation, increase awareness and preventative antibiotics to those at risk.

On January 30, 50 landmarks and buildings representing 25 nations will light up orange from 6PM-11PM local time to demonstrate the global effort to fight these painful diseases.

Stay tuned for more updates on this event, including beautiful photos of the landmarks.