Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) have a crippling affect on the people of Myanmar, one of the poorest countries in Asia. A staggering 80% of the population is at risk for one or more of these parasitic and bacterial infections which can cause severe pain and disfigurement.

In 2013, with the support of END7 and the World Health Organization, the Myanmar Ministry of Health protected more than 36 million people from neglecte

Looking for $2 Trillion

Dr. Peter Hotez says addressing neglected tropical diseases could help the G20 boost GDP. 

"The group of 20 (G20) finance ministers meeting in Australia has just announced an ambitious initiative to boost the world’s gross domestic product (GDP) by at least $2 trillion over the next five years.   To achieve this target they propose to shape and implement new policies that increase investment and employment, and promote competition and trade.

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Indonesia’s Competitiveness at risk from Neglected Diseases of Poverty

WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 27, 2014 – The control and elimination of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) is one of the most cost-effective ways Indonesia can sustain economic growth and reduce inequality, said scientists today in an analysis published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. While Indonesia is poised to defeat NTDs by 2020, it has an opportunity to scale up national programs, integrate NTDs with other development efforts, strengthen coordination and enhance collaboration among key partners.

Nearly three years ago, Nigeria reported the last case of Guinea worm disease, and this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared the country Guinea worm-fr

Photo: Dr. Hotez is interviewed by Bertha Alicia Galindo, journalist and producer for Alcanzando el Conocimiento, at the Miguel Aleman Foundation. Credit: Alcanzando el Conocimiento on Twitter (@alcanzandohoy).

02.06.14 to 02.07.14
Southwestern University

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