Neglected tropical diseases

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Our expertise in taxonomy, systematics, field trials and treatment programmes is driving live-saving research into neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) such as schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminths, dengue fever and food-borne trematodiases.

The Museum's extensive collection of parasites and vectors is critical to this research.

One sixth of the world's population suffer from one or more neglected tropical diseases and children are often the most affected. Most can be prevented or eliminated but the scale of the problem is vast.

News and features

Catch up with the latest news about the Museum's neglected tropical disease research.

Scanning for disease

The Museum's genetic archive of schistosomiasis material supports groundbreaking research aimed at understanding and controlling this neglected tropical disease.

Research projects

Browse the current neglected tropical disease research projects.

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We are testing the feasibility of eliminating soil-transmitted helminths (STHs) and developing cost-effective methods for elimination programmes. Over 1.45 billion people in some of the world's poorest communities are infected with STHs.