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10 facts on tackling neglected tropical diseases with water, sanitation and hygiene

Sean Hawkey

Safe water is essential to treat and care for NTDs

Health-care facilities and households need clean water and hygienic conditions for wound management and surgeries required for the treatment of many NTDs. For guinea worm, Buruli ulcer, or cutaneous leishmaniasis, wound management is needed to speed up healing and reduce disability. People with chronic disabilities from lymphatic filariasis need to maintain rigorous personal hygiene with water and soap to prevent secondary infections.

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