Calling Attention to tropical diseases on Capitol Hill

The Global Post published a write-up of the June 27th Hill hearing featuring Dr. Peter Hotez: “Calling Attention to tropical diseases on Capitol Hill” 

POSTED: 06/27/2013

Peter J. Hotez, president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and dean of the new National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, addressed concerns from lawmakers about the relationship between immigration and NTDs. Hotez acknowledged that immigration may be contributing to the incidence of NTDs in the US, but that poverty played a big role.

Addressing the Neglected Diseases Treatment Gap: Testimony from Dr. Peter Hotez for the House Committee on Foreign Affairs

Dr. Peter Hotez testified on Neglected Tropical Diseases before the House Sub Committee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and international organizations on June 27th. 

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Cohred Colloquium 2013 Report: Sustainable Investments into Research and Innovation

Dr. Peter Hotez contributed to sections on neglected tropical diseases.

In 2005, the concept of bundling together multiple chronic parasitic and related infections into the category of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) was proposed because they could be targeted simultaneously with a package of low cost and donated drugs. 

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Aleppo Evil

Peter Hotez comments on leishmaniasis infections in Syria in Foreign Policy Magazine

Posted: 06/19/2013

According to Peter Hotez, a professor of molecular virology and microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine and founding dean of its National School of Tropical Medicine, lack of preventive medicine -- like nets and spraying for sand flies -- is the main driver of leishmaniasis infections in Syria. As a result, Hotez and his team are working to develop a vaccine that prevents the ulcers from forming -- though it is still in early, pre-clinical stages.

Statement by the Sabin Vaccine Institute on the 2013 G8 Lough Erne Summit

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.

Statement by the Sabin Vaccine Institute on the Occasion of the Organization of American States’ Resolution “Elimination of Neglected Diseases and Other Poverty-Related Infections”

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.

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