• Project Title: Neglected Communities: Neglected Tropical Diseases in Sudan

  • BASIS Advisor: Ms. Wallace/Ms. Das

  • Internship Location: World Health Organization in Khartoum, Sudan

  • Onsite Mentor: Dr. Naeema Al Gasseer

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a group of viral, bacterial, and parasitic diseases that persist in low-income nations and marginalized communities, particularly in tropical areas with unclean water and poor sanitation. The most common illnesses include helminth infections, leishmaniasis, schistosomiasis, lymphatic filariasis, and onchocerciasis. Other examples include leprosy, African sleeping sickness, and rabies. These diseases are all preventable, curable, or both, and have been eradicated in higher- income nations, but they continue to affect over one billion people worldwide. There is little current and relevant research done on these illnesses, and little to no literature on NTDs specifically in Sudan. Through data collection and analysis with the World Health Organization offices in Khartoum, Sudan, this project will add to a sparse body of research on NTDs and hopefully bolster public awareness on this issue.