CENTRE FOR NEGLECTED TROPICAL DISEASES RESEARCH (CNTDR)
Conducting research to support reduction in the burden of neglected tropical diseases.
What are Neglected Tropical Diseases?
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are a diverse group of diseases with distinct characteristics that thrive mainly among the poorest and deprived populations. They threaten the lives and well-being of millions of people in neglected populations of the world’s poorest communities. The burden of these diseases is extremely high in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). For example, approximately 40% of the global burden of Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) is found in SSA while all the remaining cases of Guinea Worm Disease (GWD) is also found in the same region. The World Health Organisation has prioritised 17 of these NTDs in 149 endemic countries for focused global attention.
WHO prioritised neglected tropical diseases for control.
The Centre for Neglected Tropical Diseases (CNTDR) is one of four Centres of the Institute of Health Research of the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho, Ghana. We conduct cutting-edge research in support of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) elimination/control programmes in sub-Saharan Africa and contribute to the global body of knowledge on these diseases. Thus, we seek to build the evidence for effective design, implementation and evaluation of NTD programmes.
Our Mission is to support national NTD programmes in Africa, through basic and implementation research, policy analysis, and prioritization of interventions for elimination/control of these diseases.
Our Vision is to eliminate/control Neglected Tropical diseases (NTDs) in deprived populations in Africa.
1. Conduct research support implementation and evaluation of NTD programmes.
2. Conduct clinical trials in support of NTD drug development and their operational delivery;
3. Conduct research on NTD-related disability management
4. Provide technical and training support to NTD programmes;
5. Advocate for funding of NTD research.
6. Conduct research in support of integration of control/elimination activities into the health system and collaborative partnerships