Eliminate the Neglect: U.S. Support Needed to Expand Assault on Neglected Diseases

Sabin Vaccine Institute President Peter Hotez co-authors a guest post with Bernard Pecoul on the PLoS Medicine blog today. The piece highlights the first-ever NTD meeting of the International Society for Infectious Diseases:

“If you asked the average American if they’ve ever heard of sleeping sickness, river blindness, or elephantiasis, you’d likely get a puzzled look. But ask a Congolese, Sudanese, or Bangladeshi about these parasitic diseases, and you might get a nod of the head or perhaps even a point in the direction of someone behaving erratically and slipping into a coma due to sleeping sickness, being led by stick by a child because of river blindness, or barely able to walk due to grossly swollen legs or genitalia caused by elephantiasis.

This weekend in Boston, health workers, researchers, donors, and social innovators from around the world will convene to discuss current efforts to treat patients and develop new drugs and vaccines for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) such as these. Most of us have never heard of these diseases, although they are the most common infections of the world’s poor, debilitating or killing more than 1 billion people in the developing world.”

Read the full blog entry here.

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Linda Diep is the Communications and Grassroots Assistant with the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases focusing on media relations, strategy, and our Just 50 Cents grassroots efforts.

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