Neglected Tropical Diseases

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a group of destructive and dangerous communicable diseases. Although they can be prevented and treated, they continue to cause severe disfigurement and other long-term disabilities that create obstacles to education, employment, economic growth and overall development.

The NTD Burden


billion people are affected by NTDs worldwide.


of the global NTD burden occurs in Africa.


of global healthcare funding goes to controlling NTDs.

The #NoToNTDs movement

"No to NTDs" is part of an inclusive advocacy campaign aimed at increasing awareness, prioritization and national commitment to accelerate the control and elimination of NTDs in Africa.

About the no to ndts movement

Building momentum for NTD elimination

This toolbox aims to enable knowledge sharing and facilitate the spread of the No to NTDs movement in Africa. It is designed for stakeholders in all African countries working on NTD control and elimination. The resources will support all stakeholders with NTD campaign planning, strategic partnership building, increased visibility and monitoring and evaluation.


The Expanded Special Project for Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (ESPEN) was established in the spirit of a public-private partnership between WHO Regional Office for Africa (AFRO), Member States and NTD partners in an effort to mobilize political, technical and financial resources to accelerate the elimination of the five most prevalent neglected tropical diseases in Africa. Learn more about ESPEN here.

The ESPEN Portal aims to equip all stakeholders with the evidence they need to successfully tackle each disease: over 4,000 maps are compiled along with the downloadable underlying data from Ministries of Health and stakeholders.