The 2013 G8 Summit in Northern Ireland concluded on June 18th with the release of the Lough Erne Communiqué. Although G8 leaders addressed important tax, trade and transparency issues to help alleviate global poverty, they failed to discuss neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), a burden that perpetuates poverty and increases inequalities.
Last week, the Organization of American States (OAS), the main political and social governmental forum for nations in Latin America and the Caribbean, approved a resolution supporting the control and elimination of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) during the 43rd General Assembly in Antigua, Guatemala.
Op-ed by Tsutomu Takeuchi and Alvaro Arzú Irigoyen in the Huffington Post:
Posted: 06/11/2013 10:49 am
Whereas most people think about the NTDs as exclusive to destabilized countries such as South Sudan, Somalia, or Haiti, my recent analysis, published in Foreign Policy, has found that most of the world’s NTDs paradoxically occur in G20 countries in addition to Nigeria.
In this and several other articles published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases since 2009 we have tried to consistently emphasize the disproportionate impact of S. haematobium infection on girls and women.
Former presidents of Guatemala and Chile and former PAHO director join forces with the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases to eliminate diseases of poverty