The title of this presentation is "NTD-related Disease Management, Disability,
and Inclusion abbreviated to DMDI".
My name is Wim van Brakel,
I'm Medical Director at NLR,
an NGO with a track record of more than 50 years in the fight against leprosy.
I'm also the incoming Chair of the DMDI Cross-Cutting Group,
which is one of the cross-cutting groups of the NNN Network,
the NTD NGO Network.
The topics I hope to cover in
this presentation are, what problems are we actually addressing?
What is DMDI?
DMDI and the WHO International Classification of Functioning,
Disability, and Health also known as the ICF.
We'll have a look at the journey through care at DMDI and
universal health coverage at integrating DMDI in NTD programs,
and at priorities for DMDI in endemic areas.
What problems are we addressing?
Neglected Tropical Diseases or NTDs are very common in low and middle-income countries.
More than one billion people are estimated to be affected worldwide.
Many millions of people live with long-term consequences of NTDs,
and this is much less known.
Leprosy, lymphatic filariasis, and other NTDs cause severe complications.
These disease complications are often detected late and not treated well,
and this leads to new disabilities and also chronic morbidity for the persons affected.
Examples are wounds on the skin,
nerve damage which may lead to wounds on limbs or hands and feet as in leprosy,
and well-known lymphoedema as a complication of lymphatic filariasis or podoconiosis.