The recent West Nile Virus outbreaks in Texas and across the United States have called attention to the strong links between tropical diseases and poverty, both in the United States and abroad. In an editorial published in the Sunday, September 2 edition of the Houston Chronicle, Dr. Hotez and his co-author, Dr. Kristy Murray of Baylor College of Medicine, called for more disease surveillance, education for healthcare providers and greater engagement by product development partnerships such as the Sabin PDP to respond to these urgent public health issues:

Chagas Disease/Leishmaniasis

The Sabin PDP has initiated development for a new therapeutic vaccine for Chagas disease that will be undertaken with partners in Mexico, where between two and six million people are infected with this leading cause of poverty in Latin America. Current efforts focus on the development of two vaccine candidate antigens that will ultimately comprise the first therapeutic vaccine for Chagas disease.

Human Hookworm Vaccine

The Sabin Vaccine Institute PDP works on developing vaccines for the more than 700 million people suffering from hookworm in the world today. Established in 2000 with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Sabin PDP (originally the Human Hookworm Vaccine Initiative) is the first and only PDP in the world developing a vaccine for human hookworm infection.

What We Do

The Sabin PDP is focused on the development of sustainable and cost-effective vaccines for preventing widespread neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), including hookworm, schistosomiasis, Chagas disease and leishmaniasis.

Funding the next scientific breakthrough for the world’s poor

June 12, 2012

At the Sabin Vaccine Institute, advocacy is big part of our business. We encourage politicians, philanthropists and the general public to expand immunization programs for vaccine-preventable diseases and increase treatment for over one billion people suffering from neglected tropical diseases.

But we’re also one of the few NGOs that is leading the research and development of vaccines to prevent diseases of poverty.

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