WaterAid is excited to share an innovative new piece of work brought to you by the World Health Organization in collaboration with WaterAid. A new five year strategy has been released by WHO entitled: 'Water, sanitation and hygiene for accelerating and sustaining progress on Neglected Tropical Diseases', which looks at the important role access to water, sanitation and hygiene can play in disease prevention and healthcare. The report is available by clicking here. Neglected tropical diseases affect the world’s poorest people, and cannot be treated and prevented effectively without safe water, sanitation and hygiene. Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a diverse group of diseases with distinct characteristics that thrive mainly among the poorest populations. The 17 NTDs prioritised by the World Health Organization are endemic in 149 countries and affect more than 1.4 billion people, costing developing economies billions of dollars every year. Although most of these diseases do not result in death, they are an important part of the global burden of disease and cause pain, suffering, exclusion and poverty. Margaret Batty, WaterAid’s Director of Global Policy and Campaigns, discusses in a blog the new global strategy by the World Health Organization which promises to incorporate the vital services of water, sanitation and hygiene to tackle such infections. The blog is available by clicking here.