Bad bugs -

Neglected Tropical Diseases

At Weedbusters, we work with good bugs, beneficial insects that help our environment. But in other parts of the world (the tropics) there are some very bad bugs - parasitic and bacterial infections can be transmitted by the bite of certain insects or worms in the soil or by drinking unclean water. One in six people of the worlds population are debilitated or disfigured by a Neglected Tropical Disease (NTDs), including over 800 million children. The symptoms are horrific and disabling. Yet these diseases and those affected are ignored.

Weedbusters Biocontrol has pledged a minimum of 3% of its profits for 2021 to charities working to eliminate these diseases. These include the Carter Center and Sabine Vaccine. A big THANK YOU to all our customers and insect vendors - we couldn't do this without your help)

Just 50 cents provides medication to treat and protect one child for an entire year from 7 of these diseases. They include: elephatiasis, river blindness, snail fever (schistosomiasis), trachoma, and intestinal worms (roundworm, whipworm and hookworm).

These charities don't advertise (which is why you haven't heard of them) but that also means that over 90% of the funds collected go directly to programs.

Two researchers, William Campbell and Satoshi Omura, won the Nobel prize several years ago for their work on Ivermectin, a medication for River Blindness.

To learn more watch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrhmarruOGs

http://www.globalnetwork.org/neglected-tropical-diseases/fact-sheets

How to shock a celebrity video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYimJKg9QiE

The following are links to provide more information on:

The economic case for Neglected Tropical Disease Control: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNY_0uECp-8

http://www.globalnetwork.org/videos

 

Weedbusters Biocontrol is NOT soliciting donations, so if anyone wants to help they should not contact us but should click one of the first 5 links. We just wanted everyone to be aware of the extent and seriousness of these diseases.