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Abhishek Bachchan: 'Let's eliminate tropical diseases by 2020'
By SP_COP on June 03, 2014 | From www.digitalspy.co.uk
Abhishek Bachchan: 'Let's eliminate tropical diseases by 2020' END7 global ambassador, Abhishek Bachchan has featured in an official new video for the organisation.

END7 aims to raise awareness of India's historic and large-scale programmes to control and eliminate neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) by 2020.

The video shows Abhishek Bachchan's February 2014 visit to the Banamalipur Community Centre in Odisha, India, an eastern state that has one of the highest burdens of NTDs in the country.

The Church's Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA) is providing treatment, care, and education to patients suffering from lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis) and other NTDs. Lymphatic filariasis is one of the most common NTDs worldwide and in India, where the disease poses a threat to more than 500 million Indians.

"These are staggering numbers. We need the support of you, the media, to take the word out there," said Bachchan.

At CASA, he met with patients suffering from chronic lymphatic filariasis and listened to their experiences dealing with the hardships caused by this disease, including disability, disfiguration, stigma and ostracization.

The actor also took a deworming pill (albendazole), one of the two drugs used to treat early lymphatic filariasis infection and stop transmission of this disease. The drugs used to treat lymphatic filariasis infection are safe and effective and can also treat intestinal worms.

"Preventing lymphatic filariasis is easy, and no one can catch it directly from another person. If everyone in affected areas takes just two pills every year, the disease would be gone," added Dr Neeraj Mistry, managing director of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, which runs the END7 campaign..

Bachchan appealed to the media and the public to back the END7 campaign and do their part in building a stronger response to NTDs.

"There's a lot of work left to be done. Let's help eliminate these diseases by 2020," he said....
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