This editorial puts forward eight points about the control of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs): 'all NTS are \"tool ready\" ' – for most such diseases there is some sort of control measure that could be introduced; 'all NTDs are \"tool deficient\" ' – in many cases these measures are suboptimal, incomplete or inadequate; 'all NTDs are \"most neglected\" ' – formerly neglected diseases like malaria and tuberculosis have received much more attention in recent years, but many other neglected diseases remain neglected; 'there is a profound human rights dimension to NTDs'; 'NTDs destabilize societies and contribute to conflict'; 'involvement by the WHO and other international health agencies is crucial for current and future NTD control'; 'building health systems under the leadership of health ministries in disease-endemic countries and the communities is a high priority'; and 'moving forward through a global strategy combining access and innovation'.
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