Just yesterday, the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) opened its 128th session. Director-General Margaret Chan opened the session highlighting public health successes and challenges.
She spoke in particular about the importance of integrated control of neglected tropical diseases and emphasized how pharmaceutical commitments, like those made at the WHO Neglected Tropical Disease Report launch last October will enable many more people to recieve the vital drugs needed to treat these diseases.
To read the full speech click here. (Please note that the section on neglected tropical diseases is highlighted!)
All week, my colleagues and I are attending various sessions at the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs).
This includes presentations from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), among many others.
To kick off what will be a week chock-full of the latest research and data, as well as fruitful discussion and debate in the dynamic realm of tropical medicine, tonight’s opening plenary session featured Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Its been several hours since I posted my last blog entry. What have I been doing you ask?
Watching. Tweeting. Talking. Thinking.
But mostly listening.