The London conference on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) held in January was a seminal moment in the global fight against a group of diseases which are often overshadowed in the global health agenda by HIV, malaria and TB.
Sabin President Dr. Peter Hotez's latest editorial, titled “Campaign Spending: What Else Can $2 Billion Buy?” was recently published in the Huffington Post. The editorial discusses how the amount of money spent on this year’s presidential campaign could have also been used to treat and control NTDs in various regions around the world.
See the original article in the Huffington Post here.
The open-access journal, PLoS NTDs, celebrated its fifth anniversary. To commemorate this great achievement, the journal compiled editorials and research papers published over the last five years to create a collection, called “The Geopolitics of NTDs.”
The collection focuses on the geographic distribution of NTDs by region to highlight the key differences as well as similarities between the diseases in different areas around the world.
October 11, 2012 | Financial Times
The Financial Times special report “Combating Neglected Diseases” contains in-depth stories and interviews featuring several of Sabin’s key programs, including Sabin Vaccine Development, the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases and the Dengue Vaccine Initiative.
Read the full report here.
The suffering caused by hookworm is not well known in the developed world but in many countries it is all too prevalent. More than 700 million people are infected with hookworm. The largest number of cases occur in impoverished areas of Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, China and Latin America. Globally, approximately 3.2 billion people are at risk for hookworm infection.
Hookworm is an intestinal parasite most commonly found in tropical and sub-tropical climates of Africa, Asia and Latin America. Hookworm, one of three members of a family of parasites known as the soil-transmitted helminths (STHs), are half-inch long worms that attach themselves to the intestinal wall and feed on human blood. Left untreated, hookworm causes severe intestinal blood loss leading to iron-deficiency anemia and protein malnutrition, particularly in pregnant women and children.