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.
- Ascariasis (a.k.a. Roundworm) – An intestinal parasitic infection that affects more than 1 billion people worldwide
- Hookworm – An intestinal parasite most commonly found in subtropical climates (i.e. Africa and South America); affects ~700 million people
- Lymphatic Filariasis (a.k.a. Elephantiasis) – An extremely painful, debilitating and disfiguring diseases that affects more than 120 million people
- Onchocerciasis (a.k.a. River Blindness) – Infects 26 million people living near rivers and fast-moving streams in sub-Saharan Africa
- Schistosomiasis (a.k.a. Snail Fever or Bilharzia) – Parasitic disease carried by freshwater snails; affects 200 million + people worldwide; most deadly NTD
- Trachoma – Infectious eye disease caused by a bacterium (Chlamydia trachomatis); world’s leading cause of preventable blindness; ~41 million people diagnosed
- Trichuriasis – Infection of the large intestine caused by the human whipworm; 800 million + people affected
|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.