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CORRESPONDENCE
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 200-201

Neglected tropical diseases: Strengthening the prevention and control activities to move forward in the direction of elimination and subsequent eradication


1 Deputy Director – Academics, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Medical Education Unit Coordinator and Member of the Institute Research Council, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India

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Saurabh RamBihariLal Shrivastava
Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) – Deemed to be University, Thiruporur - Guduvancherry Main Road, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District - 603108, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/jcsr.jcsr_16_22

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Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), refer to a group of diseases that are predominantly reported in tropical and subtropical regions of the globe. Considering that a number of diseases together constitute NTDs, their epidemiology is quite complex and a wide range of environmental attributes play their part in the causation and progression of the diseases. Moreover, NTDs have also been linked with disability, stigma & discrimination, school dropouts, and sickness absenteeism. As most of these diseases are vector-borne and have animal reservoirs, the containment part of these illnesses becomes a major public health concern. The approach to prevent, control, eliminate and eradicate neglected tropical diseases has been reformed based on the road map proposed by the WHO, wherein an integrated approach has been advocated. To conclude, there is an immense need to adopt concerted and well-collaborated actions for the containment of neglected tropical diseases. The policy makers and concerned stakeholders should join their hands together in the battle against NTDs to ensure that we make significant progress in this regard.


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