One in five people suffers from a neglected tropical disease1. The percentage is much higher in poor countries, although the chances of recovery are far smaller. We are committed to ensuring that the most disadvantaged also have the opportunity to live healthy lives. We help people with disabilities as a result of neglected tropical diseases to live a normal life. To achieve this, we go to the ends of the earth.
Neglected tropical diseases are easily cured. Nevertheless, in the poorest countries of Africa and Asia, where people must live under difficult hygienic conditions and are cut off from medical care, many suffer and die as a result of such diseases. Countless individuals must live with disabilities caused by neglected tropical diseases.
People with disabilities are particularly disadvantaged in the poor countries of Africa and Asia. They are ostracized from their communities, prevented from determining their futures, and are unable to start a family. Aids such as prostheses, crutches or wheelchairs are sorely lacking, as is medical treatment or the means of preventing further disabilities.
Marginalized communities are cut off from the rest of the world. The nearest hospital or health center is frequently far away or difficult to reach, there is no access to doctors and the hygiene is inadequate. Using bicycles and motorcycles, our local teams are able to reach these people. There, working together with the local communities, they construct basic healthcare structures.