Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are a group of parasitic and bacterial communicable diseases mostly isolated in tropical and subtropical countries that affect over 1 Billion people. The World Health Organization (WHO) monitors the impact of NTDs, and has reported that billions of dollars in treatment and prevention are spent each year in developing nations. While physical therapists are familiar with Leprosy, there remain many other NTDs that have a similar clinical trajectories that result in long term disability. In this presentation we will explore the diaspora of NTDs, alongside discussion regarding critical clinical, moral, ethical and economic physical therapy needs.
- Track the pathogenesis and describe the global epidemiological compression of NTDs
- Apply the International Classification of Function (ICF) to evaluate the extent to which clinical outcomes of NTDs can be effectively and optimally be addressed within the scope of practice of physical therapists and physical therapists assistants
- Ignite discussion on the moral, ethical and economic imperative to further engage in NTDs within physical therapy, specifically in low and middle income countries (LMICs)