In the wake of the strongest El Niño event ever recorded, severe drought is strongly affecting parts of Southern Africa, causing crops to fail and water sources to dry up. As a result, food shortages are ramping up precipitously and millions of people are food-insecure. It is a slow-motion public health emergency.

World AIDS Day is held on December 1 every year to show support for those living with HIV, commemorate the estimated 35 million who have died from HIV or AIDS and unite in the global fight against the disease.

Dr. Ben Anyene has the daunting job of helping the Nigerian government find ways to pay for the immunization of the 5.3 million children born in the country each year. Dr.

Sabin Vaccine Institute Joins Coalition Dedicated to Preventing Future Epidemics

Geneva, Switzerland – November 18, 2016 – Today, the Sabin Vaccine Institute (Sabin) begins its formal partnership with the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), as a member of CEPI’s Joint Coordination Group (JCG). Global health leaders gather in Geneva, Switzerland for the first meeting of the JCG.

What the poor suffer from most happens in developed countries

While rarely talked about, Neglected Tropical Diseases are the most widespread ailment among the world's poorest of the poor – yet also ironically the most prevalent in top global economies, experts say.

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are “the most important diseases you've never heard of. These are the most common afflictions of the world's poor,” Peter Hotez, MD, PhD, told CNA Nov. 11.

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In a previous post, we discussed the medical innovation funding gap that exists between high-income countries and low and middle-income countries.

More than 500 leading scientific researchers, Catholic officials and policy makers from around the globe gathered at the Vatican on November 10-12, 2016, to address neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and rare diseases. The Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers, which was established by Pope John Paul II to help coordinate the Vatican’s health care related activities, convened the conference. Sabin Vaccine Institute President Dr. Peter Hotez gave the keynote address on NTDs. At the conclusion of the conference, remarks from Pope Francis were shared with conference participants. These remarks highlighted how the effort to control and eliminate NTDs aligns with the Catholic Church’s social teachings, and called for international commitment to treating and preventing NTDs and rare diseases. The complete transcript of Pope Francis’s remarks are below.

Pope Francis, Sabin President Discuss Goals of the Catholic Church during Conference on Neglected Tropical Diseases

Vatican City – November 10, 2016 –Peter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D., president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute (Sabin) and director of the Sabin Product Development Partnership (Sabin PDP), today will help kick off the first-ever Vatican conference on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and rare diseases with a keynote address.

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