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International Womens Day 2011

March 8th, 2011

March 8 is Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women. Being infected with a neglected tropical disease (NTD) can impede both the educational and professional development for both women and girls. Debilitating infections such as the seven most common NTDs can caused missed school days for young girls, delaying their education and stunting their potential for advancement. For women, socially stigmatizing NTDs such as lymphatic filariasis (LF), onchocerciasis, and leishmaniasis effects their productivity among other aspects of their life, and perpetuates the cycle of poverty.

On this International Womens Day, help provide treatment for women infected with NTDs for just 50 cents. See how you can get involved in the fight against NTDs on our website.

Dr. Peter Hotez featured in The Hindu

March 7th, 2011

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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Reading List 11/15/2010

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

War and Sickness in Afghanistan

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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