For sustaining this momentum, experts believe that wider progress towards realizing the 2030 Agenda
for Sustainable Development will be crucial.
Meeting global targets for water and sanitation, such as those under the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be key.
WHO estimates that 2.4 billion people still lack basic sanitation facilities such as toilets and latrines, while more than 660 million continue to drink water from “unimproved” sources, such as surface water.
“Further gains […] will depend on wider progress towards the SDGs,” said Dirk Engels, Director of WHO’s Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases.
Once widely prevalent, diseases are now restricted to tropical and sub-tropical regions with unsafe water, inadequate hygiene and sanitation, and poor housing conditions. More than 70 per cent of countries and territories that report the presence of NTDs are low or lower-middle income economies.
The class of these illnesses include diseases such as dengue, rabies, trachoma, Buruli ulcer, yaws, leprosy, human African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness), dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease), schistosomiasis (larval worm infection) etc.
Poor people living in remote, rural areas, urban slums, or conflict zones are most at risk.
Via UN News Centre