Watch the latest episode of popular TV show Qalby Etma’an as it turns its spotlight on the burden of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), and the stories of the families affected by them. Join host Ghaith Al Emirati as he journeys to a village in Senegal to see first-hand the suffering caused by NTDs in developing communities – and learns how a UAE-led fund is working to consign two of these diseases to the history books.
The episode captures the moving stories of local residents afflicted with lymphatic filariasis, a mosquito-borne NTD that can cause irreversible swelling of parts of the body, leading to permanent disability and disfigurement. From a young baker unable to continue working due to the effects of lymphatic filariasis, to a father reliant on his children for food and necessities, the episode documents the daily struggles faced by sufferers and their families – and shares how the UAE’s Reaching the Last Mile Fund (RLMF) is helping drive the fight to end these diseases for good.
RLMF is working to eliminate two devastating neglected tropical diseases – lymphatic filariasis and river blindness – across seven countries, by providing drugs, treatment, and support to at-risk communities. A donation to the Reach Campaign directly supports these efforts, moving the world a step closer to ending the suffering caused by NTDs. Just AED5 can provide the medicine and treatment needed to protect one person from lymphatic filariasis and other co-endemic diseases for the entire year.