An Interfaith Dialogue on the Neglected Tropical Diseases

Most of the world’s neglected tropical diseases occur among populations that adhere to Islam, Catholicism, or Hinduism, an observation that affords opportunities to establish a unique interfaith dialogue and global action. The gap in global coverage for MDA and MDT to target the NTDs that disproportionately affect the world’s Muslims, Catholics, and Hindus affords an opportunity to establish a unique interfaith dialogue among religious leaders. Given that the NTDs are trapping such populations and faiths in a vicious cycle of poverty and despair, and the extremely low costs of MDA and MDT interventions, religious leaders should be brought together for identifying financial and other mechanisms for ensuring the poorest people gain access to essential medicines for NTDs.

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