Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are preventable infectious diseases that kill 534,000 people annually. Worldwide, over 1 billion people, including 500 million children, remain at risk. Impoverished communities are disproportionally targeted; perpetuating a cycle of marginalization and stunted economic growth. The most rampant NTDs are Trachoma, Onchocerciasis, Lymphatic Filariasis, Schistosomiasis, and Soil-Transmitted Helminthiasis. However, these five diseases can be treated easily with Preventative Chemotherapy (PC). The treatment only costs $1 per person, and the implementation of mass drug administration (MDA) has cured millions. The African Region alone contains 40% of the population suffering from NTDs, as 37 countries are endemic for at least three and 36 are endemic for all five.
Africa United is a global team of football stars, celebrities, international health organizations and corporations committed to stopping the spread of Ebola in West Africa. Africa United provides critical education, resources and solidarity to those affected by Ebola in West Africa. Its mission is to help stop the spread of Ebola and ensure access to healthcare by: driving adherence to positive behavior change messages, dispelling rumors and misconceptions, and instilling confidence in and acknowledging the vital role of community health workers.