The Neglected Tropical Diseases and Their Devastating Health and Economic Impact on the Member Nations of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference

Founded in 1969, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is comprised of 57 nations that together represent the second largest international organization after the United Nations. According to their Web site, the OIC serves as the “collective voice of the Muslim world,” both protecting its interests and settling conflicts and disputes between member states. In addition to several important and prosperous oil- and gas-producing nations in the Middle East, the OIC nations also include some of the world’s poorest countries as well as large middle-income countries with regions of great poverty. In these geographic areas of poverty are also found some of the highest infection rates and endemicity of the neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).

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