Course 17: Neglected Tropical Diseases & Non Communicable Diseases, Link to Eye Health

In the history of international health, various diseases groupings have been made mainly for political and operational reasons. Recently, in addition to the three so-called “priority diseases” (HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria), two new groupings have been designed and turned into initiatives: the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and the Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs). NTDs are strongly associated with impoverished environments while NCDs share common risk factors. Both represent a major burden of disease because of their chronicity and high level of related disability.

This course explored how the NTD and NCD initiatives link to eye health, and highlighted the opportunities for collaboration and integration of interventions.

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