Light Up the World for NTD Day | Orbis

Light Up the World for NTD Day

January 30 2021 will mark the second annual World NTD Day, highlighting the global commitment to ending Neglected Tropical Diseases. On World NTD day 50 landmarks around the world will light up orange to raise awareness and celebrate past achievements.

Neglected Tropical Diseases blind, disable and disfigure people, taking away not only their health, but also their chances of staying in school, earning a living, or even being accepted by their family or community.

The Neglected Tropical Disease that Orbis primarily focuses on is trachoma. Trachoma - a painful bacterial eye infection - is one of those most prevalent Neglected Tropical Diseases and a major focus of our work globally. We recently celebrated the news that trachoma has decreased by 91% since 2002 in endemic areas.

Watch to get an overview of NTDs and learn how health institutions are teaming up with local doctors to #EndTheNeglect.

Over the past 22 years, we have administered over 82 million doses of donated Azithromycin in Ethiopia, with 65% of those doses distributed in the last five years. Orbis has also conducted nearly 174,222 trachomatous trichiasis surgeries and has established more than 320 primary eye care units.

Slideshow below: Images from our most recent Mass Drug Administration in Ethiopia in December

On January 30, 50 landmarks and buildings representing 25 nations will light up orange from 6PM-11PM local time to demonstrate the global effort to fight these painful diseases.

Download the World NTD Day Social Media Toolkit here

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