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WHO lays out vision to end misery

Geneva, 30 January 2012

The World Health Organization has produced overwhelming evidence to show that the burden caused by many of the 17 diseases that affect more than 1 billion people worldwide can be effectively controlled and, in many cases, eliminated or even eradicated.

Therefore, WHO has released a roadmap that outlines its goals and objectives tor the enhanced control, prevention, elimination and eradication of neglected tropical diseases.

Accelerating work to overcome the global impact of neglected tropical diseases – A roadmap for implementation builds on the success of WHO’s integrated approach for controlling these devastating diseases of poverty and the steady progress achieved since 2005.

Despite remaining obstacles and challenges, the targets set ou in the roadmap are ambitious but realistic.

For more information about this roadmap go to www.who.int/neglected_diseases/en/