By Robel Yohannes
Ethiopia could save nearly 3.8 billion USD and avert the equivalent of more than 6.6 million years of life by eliminating Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), while in same token sub-Saharan Africa could save 52 billion USD between 2011-2030.
The new data, developed by Erasmus University with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, was released at an event hosted by the END Fund, an international philanthropic initiative to end NTDs, alongside the World Economic Forum on Africa in Kigali, Rwanda.
Ethiopia is affected by all five of the most common NTDs, which include lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis (river blindness), schistosomiasis (bilharzia), soil transmitted helminths (intestinal worms), and trachoma. The country has one of the highest burdens of NTDs in sub-Saharan Africa. according to END Fund Press Release.