Cause of the Month: End 7

    Photo credit: End 7

This month, I’m supporting End 7, a charity that aims to see the end of 7 neglected tropical diseases (NTD) by 2020. What exactly are these 7 diseases? Something that we, in the U.S., don’t really think about because it’s not something we’re directly affected by, but 1 in 6 people worldwide, including more than half a billion children are affected by these.

  1. Ascariasis (a.k.a. Roundworm) – An intestinal parasitic infection that affects more than 1 billion people worldwide 
  2. Hookworm – An intestinal parasite most commonly found in subtropical climates (i.e. Africa and South America); affects ~700 million people
  3. Lymphatic Filariasis (a.k.a. Elephantiasis) – An extremely painful, debilitating and disfiguring diseases that affects more than 120 million people 
  4. Onchocerciasis (a.k.a. River Blindness) – Infects 26 million people living near rivers and fast-moving streams in sub-Saharan Africa
  5. Schistosomiasis (a.k.a. Snail Fever or Bilharzia) – Parasitic disease carried by freshwater snails; affects 200 million + people worldwide; most deadly NTD
  6. Trachoma – Infectious eye disease caused by a bacterium (Chlamydia trachomatis); world’s leading cause of preventable blindness; ~41 million people diagnosed
  7. Trichuriasis – Infection of the large intestine caused by the human whipworm; 800 million + people affected
I remember learning about a few of these diseases in high school biology (i.e. roundworm, hookworm), but several of these other diseases I’ve never even heard of. I’ll spare you all pictures of the diseases because they’re very hard to take in (you’re welcome to google if you’re interested).

Photo credit: Sevenly

End 7 is run through the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases and any donations made through their site goes directly (100%) to the cause, helping to treat these diseases worldwide. There isn’t a shop for items like many other charities, but I was able to purchase a shirt from Sevenly to benefit the cause that I really love. The shirt is no longer available (it was a one-week offer) but it says “Expect nothing, appreciate everything.” And I think that’s something extremely important to keep in mind on a daily basis. Especially when thinking of the people less fortunate around the world, dealing with things that we could never even begin to imagine. 

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