About a third of the world’s population live in extreme poverty, earning less between US$1.25 – $2 a day have poor access to even basic healthcare services.
A Japanese pharmaceutical manufacturer Eisai Co. Ltd base in Tokyo said they hope to make a different – by giving these people access to healthcare information.
The company recently launched “Eisai Access to Medicines (ATM) Navigator” website which provides comprehensive information on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and various initiatives to eliminate these diseases.
According to Eisai, many developing countries, particularly in the tropics have little to no access to medicines, medical supply, diseases information, diagnosis, prevention and treatment methods.
The Eisai ATM Navigator can bridge the gap by providing latest, comprehensive info on NTDs particularly the 17 NTDs:
- Blinding trachoma
- Buruli ulcer
- Chagas disease
- Dengue and Severe dengue
- Dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease)
- Foodborne trematodiases
- Human African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness)
- Lymphatic filariasis
- Soil transmitted helminthiases
as prioritized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as the three infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, in an easy-to-understand format.
Eisai said their goal is to increase understanding of these diseases among the general public, particularly those at risk of infection.