President of the Sabin Vaccine Institute Dr. Peter Hotez writes an opinion editorial for The Hindu, an English newspaper circulated in India. The op-ed dated for March 8, 2011 is now available on the publications website. Below is an excerpt, along with a link to the full article:
India has the extraordinary opportunity to link its leading government research institutes and pharmaceutical companies in a unique public private partnership to address the diseases of the poor throughout South Asia.
Despite Indias dramatic modernisation over the last decade, it remains “ground zero” for some of the worlds most dreaded tropical diseases. A recent report in The Lancet reveals that 205,000 people in India die annually from malaria, mainly in Orissa and the surrounding states of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, with almost one-half of those deaths in children. Similarly, India and its South Asian neighbours account for one-quarter of the worlds intestinal worm infections such as hookworm and roundworm, and more than one-half of the worlds cases of elephantiasis, leprosy, and visceral leishmaniasis (VL). The State of Bihar alone accounts for a large percentage of the worlds cases of VL, a serious parasitic infection also known as kala-azar that affects the bone marrow, liver, and spleen, and is associated with high mortality. Thus, while much of the global health attention is largely focused on sub-Saharan Africa, the truth is that India and adjoining Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka are just as devastated by neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).
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November 15th, 2010
Happy Monday readers! New list of reads for your reading pleasure. Today were reading about how the discovery of how the drug Ivermectin works could possibly lead to the development of other treatments for infectious diseases, a report released by the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA) stating drug makers commitment to developing medicines and vaccines for various neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) among other diseases, the disease burden attributed to lack of water sanitation and poor hygiene part 1 of a series by PLoS Medicine, and lastly how poor hand-washing has lead to the spread of typhoid in Indonesia.
How Key Drug Kills Worms In Tropical Diseases Discovered By Researchers, Medical News Today
Hygiene, Sanitation, and Water: Forgotten Foundations of Health, PLoS Medicine
Report Documents Increase In RD Projects On Developing World Diseases, Medical News Today
Poor Hand-Washing Habits Blamed for Spread of Typhoid. Dessy Sagita, Jakarta Globe
November 4th, 2010
Dr. Peter Hotez, the Sabin Vaccine Institute president recently published an OpEd about the Leishmaniasis outbreaks in the Middle East. Leishmaniasis, a neglected tropical disease, is a parasitic infection that often infects those living in poverty. Dr. Hotez writes about the impact leishmaniasis is having on individuals-particularly women and children, the reason why it is spreading so vastly in the Middle East, and ways to control the disease.
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