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[Comment] Offline: The new neglected (non-tropical) diseases

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are no longer neglected, according to the WHO. “Record-breaking progress” over the past decade has brought diseases such as African trypanosomiasis and lymphatic filariasis “to their knees”. The campaign to defeat NTDs has been “one of the most effective global partnerships in modern public health”, says WHO Director-General Margaret Chan. WHO calls these successes “a rags-to-riches story”. So if NTDs are no longer neglected, what are today’s neglected diseases? One answer must be the non-communicable diseases (NCDs).