How neglected tropical diseases reduce the quality of life in Africa
Tuesday March 3 2015
A municipal council worker dispenses insecticide using a fogging machine during a dengue prevention spraying in Kuala Lumpur in February 20114. East Africa has a high burden of the neglected tropical diseases. AFP PHOTO | MOHD RASFAN
One in six people in the world suffers from neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), says a UN report.
Of the 1.5 billion people affected by NTDs, the majority live in sub-Saharan Africa.
The diseases thrive where people live in extreme poverty with poor sanitation and little access to healthcare — usually in remote rural areas, urban slums or conflict zones — and disproportionately affect women and children.
At the Ubungo bus terminus outside Dar es Salaam’s central business district, a contingent of law enforcers and officials from the Surface and Maritime Transport Agency (Sumatra) swarm on to buses headed out to the countryside. Armed with knapsack sprayers, the officials get busy fumigating the buses.