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.
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.
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
Dr. Peter Hotez, the preeminent virologist, microbiologist, President of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, and distinguished professor at Baylor College of Medicine where he is the founding Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, recently posted a new article on the PLOS blog that cites marked improvements in the fight to eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) in developing countries, as well as new initiatives that still need to gain traction in the public sector in order to bolster these efforts.
In this new edition of Forgotten People, Forgotten Diseases, author Peter J. Hotez of Baylor College of Medicine explains how NTDs and poverty are inextricably linked—today 20 million Americans who live in extreme poverty, including 1.5 million families in the United States whose members live on less than $2 per day.