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These Diseases Target Women - But Women Are Fighting Back

Neglected tropical diseases - NTDs for short - are some of the most common diseases of people living in extreme poverty. And they're particularly harmful to women and girls for scientific *and* societal reasons - a double whammy for ladies trying to get an education, pursue their dreams and raise a family.

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On International Women's Day, learn about the impact of NTDs on women and girls - and the impact women and girls are having on the fight to end these diseases for good.
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On International Women's Day, learn about the impact of NTDs on women and girls - and the impact women and girls are having on the fight to end these diseases for good.

Carrying a baby is a beautiful thing. But up to 44 million pregnant women in developing countries are carrying something else: hookworm.

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This NTD steals key nutrients moms have to have to carry healthy babies and deliver them safely.

Women are up to four times more likely than men to develop blinding trachoma, a painful condition caused by the spread of bacteria - which women often contract from the children they care for.

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And some studies show that women infected with one type of snail fever are up to three times as likely to contact HIV.

Worst of all, women infected with NTDs can be stigmatized by their families and communities.

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Some women who develop elephantiasis are abandoned by their husbands and left to raise children alone.

NTDs have a terrible impact on women and girls. But guess what? They're fighting back.

Thousands of women around the world volunteer as community drug distributors who help deliver medicine to everyone in their community at risk of NTDs.

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Women like Susan in Sierra Leone - a community health care worker in Kono District.

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Susan helps educate her community about NTDs and distributes the medicine to keep people safe from diseases like snail fever and intestinal worms.

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Ladies like Susan are a crucial link in the effort to get NTD treatment to communities around the world.

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In fact, it's reported that NTD treatment programs led by women are more effective and successful because women are trusted by their communities.

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NTD treatment helps girls grow up healthy and strong, ready to reach their potential and achieve their dreams.

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Every girl deserves to be safe from NTDs. Every woman deserves to raise a healthy family.

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If you agree, take action! The Trump administration is considering severe cuts to international development and global health programs - cuts that would harm women and girls at risk of NTDs.

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Reports suggest the administrations is considering cuts of up to 37% of the portion of the U.S. federal budget that supports global health programs - like the United States Agency for International Development NTD Program, which has delivered over 1.6 billion NTD treatments to date.

If we speak out together, we can protect funding for programs that keep women and girls healthy.

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