One health challenges of zoonotic NTDs

Published on March 30, 2023   38 min

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Hello. My name is Eric Fèvre and I'm professor of Veterinary Infectious Diseases at the University of Liverpool in the UK, and I'm jointly appointed at the International Livestock Research Institute in Nairobi in Kenya. Today we'll be talking about one of the health challenges of zoonotic NTDs or zoonotic neglected tropical diseases.
In this presentation, we will cover what are NTDs, we'll cover the issue of neglect, we'll answer the question of what is a zoonotic disease, and what's special about zoonotic NTDs. We'll talk a little bit about the concept of One Health, then we'll look at a couple of case studies of zoonotic and NTDs, then we'll think about One Health and zoonotic NTD control.
NTDs or neglected tropical diseases, are a diverse group of conditions that are mainly but not exclusively prevalent in tropical areas where they mostly affect impoverished communities and disproportionately affect women and children. These diseases as group of pathogens, cause really devastating health, social and economic consequences in more than one billion people worldwide, so they are a very significant problem. NTDs are the cause of a significant endemic disease burden in populations that are themselves often neglected by the public health system. These are the poorest and those furthest away from institutionalised health care so there's a sort of double burden there. These are poor people far away from health care that are impacted by these neglected tropical diseases.