Tropical Disease Experts Urge Integration of NTD and HIV/AIDS Interventions

At this years neglected tropical disease (NTD) and HIV/AIDS interventions. Many of those who suffer from NTDs are also infected with HIV, and addressing both diseases with one intervention would actually be cost-effective and more clinically beneficial. Below is an article published by ASTMH that describes in depth the benefits of integration:

Global HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment efforts are missing a major opportunity to significantly improve health conditions in poor countries by simply adding low-cost care for the many other chronic and disabling diseases routinely afflicting and often killing these same patients, according to a panel of disease experts who spoke at the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH).

People want better health; they do not understand why we silo diseases, said Judd Walson, a global health and infectious disease expert at the University of Washington. If you die from malaria, you dont care that your HIV was treated. Communities want us to leverage the resources we have to treat and prevent disease as effectively as possible.

Walson and his colleagues on the panel noted that many victims of HIVhttp//www.sciencenewsline.com/medicine/2011120920430002.html', 'Click here');">Click here to continue reading.

About Linda Diep

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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