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American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Names Dr. Peter Hotez as New President

November 8th, 2010

Reprinted with permission from the ASTMH blog

A Message from Dr. Peter Hotez, President, Sabin Vaccine Institute 

Dear ASTMH Members, I am honored and excited to be your ASTMH president for 2011! The coming year promises to be an especially meaningful one in the area of tropical medicine. Never before have tropical diseases been so appreciated by U.S. federal policymakers as being central and critical for purposes of not only health but also for sustainable poverty reduction in the world’s low- and middle-income countries. The President’s Global Health Initiative now includes a major Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) Program in addition to the President’s Malaria Initiative, with commitments to support tropical disease research and control remaining strong from the NIH and CDC, respectively. Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and other key Department of Defense laboratories, including critical overseas units abroad, also strive to remain global leaders in tropical disease R&D. The U.S. is not immune to poverty – a new piece of legislation, “The Neglected Infections of Impoverished Americans Act of 2010” just passed in the House of Representatives.

Read more: American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Names Dr. Peter Hotez as New President

Young Voices from the ASTMH Annual Conference

November 6th, 2010

The ASTMH blog has two nice write ups that highlight the perspective of some of the younger attendees of the conference. One focuses on careers in public health, while the other focuses on perspectives and memorable conference moments.

Check them out!

  1. So you want to work in Global Health
  2. Voices: Perspectives on the conference

Weekly Blog Round-Up 11/1-11/5

November 5th, 2010

This week on End the Neglect

1. We started the week off with the new Progress Game on the United Nations website aim to help teach more about MDGs. 2. The Global Networks communication associate, Anjana Padmanabhan has been live blogging form the The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) 59th annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Her posts have included: features from the opening session, highlights of the winner of the public health communications award,and discussion of the Carters Centers mission to eliminate NTDs. 3. We have also highlighted blogs from the ASTMH blog. 4. Gechi Thou, the Global Networks Africa program officer wrote about schistosmiasis and the need to get the drug Praziquantel to women in Africa ASAP. 5. Jennifer Segal, the Global Networks communications intern wrote about highlights from the live taping of the World Health Organizations NTD report launch.

Combatting Female Genital Schistosomiasis in Africa

November 5th, 2010

Transmission Cycle of Schistosomiasis Photo Credit: WHO Department of NTD Control

As we commend the current developments in  the global  response to NTDs including, the first WHO Comprehensive Global NTD report, the establishment of the first-ever Latin America Initiative for NTD control by the Global Network, the Pan-American Health Organization and the Inter-American Development Bank, the financial donations from various donors including the U.S, U.K , Japan and other private donors and the expanded drug donations from GSK and Johnson and Johnson, we must not shy away from  calling for a more energized and robust response for NTD control.

Yesterday at day two of the ASTMH conference in Atlanta, medical student from various universities presented important results from their studies on Female Genital Schistosomiasis (FGS)showing that young girls with urinary schistosomiasis do indeed have genital symptoms. In fact, 46% of the 549 girls in the study did.  FGS has serious consequences for women including increased risk for HIV/AIDS, infertility and ectopic pregnancies.

With 300 million people at risk for schistosomiasis in Africa, mostly school-aged girls, adolescent girls and women of child bearing age, the need for Praziquantel,the drug mostly used to treat and prevent schistosomiasis is needed now more than ever.

 We need to make sure that all girls who need Praziquantel get it now.

Tropical Diseases: Now and Then

November 5th, 2010

The blog run by the communications folks over at ASTMH captured a good interview with Dr. John Cook, former President of the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 1986/1987.

The interview answers some interesting questions about the growing interest in tropical medicine, where we are in terms of control and elimination of neglected diseases, and the challenges that ASTMH faces.

Read the interview here

Building Hope: The Carter Centers Mission to Eliminate NTDs

November 4th, 2010

Dr. Ernesto Ruiz-Tiben shows an infected foot- the result of having guinea worm. Photo Credit: ASTMH Blog

You know that you are in a room with passionate global-health do-gooders when no one bats an eye at a graphic visual of guinea worm extraction.

This morning, I attended a session given by the Carter Center, an organization that has pioneered many successful interventions for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). Read more: Building Hope: The Carter Centers Mission to Eliminate NTDs

Journalism and Public Health

November 4th, 2010

During yesterdays opening plenary session of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene conference Im currently attending, many students, scientists, and advocates were recognized for work in various fields within public health.  Among the plethora of distinguished accolades given out was an award that caught my attention in particular: the communications award.

This award is handed out to a journalist who has written an exceptionally compelling story on a topic within global health.  Technology and the financial crisis have impacted the media world significantly. Many printed newspapers have shut down, focusing on online content instead. Journalists have been lumped into general news categories, and many publications can no longer afford to have reporters with a focused expertise. Read more: Journalism and Public Health

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