Impact of the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals on Neglected Tropical Diseases
Vector-borne diseases and infectious diseases in, general, affect the health of human and animal populations. By implementing the sustainable development goals (SDGs) in neglected populations, the level of living conditions is improved thus providing better housing, improving environments in cities and other populated sites, and developing better sanitary infrastructures altogether leading to higher-quality health conditions for the said populations. Transdisciplinary approaches can make successful implementation of the SDGs to tackle simultaneously the preservation and improvement of the environment, monitoring the health of human and animal populations, and studying in-depth those interactions in nature; those components are included in the One Health approach. Non-medicalized approaches can impact the roots of health problems, reducing the vulnerability of populations to disease, poverty, and malnutrition. Different initiatives of the SDGs can be effective in educating neglected populations to prevent exposure to vector arthropods, infectious agents, and undesired encounters with snakes and their disabling and life-threatening toxins. It will be important to actualize the implementation of the SDGs as a global strategy while also prioritizing each component.