Statement by the Sabin Vaccine Institute: A rare spotlight for a neglected disease

Schistosomiasis, a parasitic disease transmitted by freshwater snails, infects more than 200 million people worldwide, causing horrific symptoms, especially in girls and women. Schistosomiasis is the second deadliest parasitic disease after malaria, killing an estimated 300,000 people annually, and has been linked as a co-factor in the spread of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa and the incidence of bladder cancer.
In a fitting way to kick off World Immunization Week, several hundred people gathered Friday, April 25th to celebrate significant achievements in vaccinology over the past two decades and to examine solutions for overcoming remaining hurdles at the Sabin Vaccine Institute’s (Sabin) 20th Anniversary Scientific Symposium. Hosted at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Washington, DC, it was an energized room filled with visionary leaders from humanitarian and health organizations, NGOs, pharmaceutical companies and academia.

This post is part of our World Immunization Week blog series. Stay tuned for more blogs highlighting the benefits of immunization and the work Sabin is doing to support immunization programs worldwide.

Sabin Vaccine Institute Hosts 20th Anniversary Scientific Symposium

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 25, 2014 – Twenty years ago, the immunization landscape was starkly different from what it is now. More than 100,000 cases of poliomyelitis and 1.2 million cases of measles occurred each year, and few low-income countries outside of the Americas had immunization plans. Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), which have existed since biblical times, wreaked havoc without recognition due to an absence of coordinated advocacy and government funding.

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