Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are the most common affliction of the world’s poorest people. Thriving in communities that lack access to health services, adequate sanitation and clean water, NTDs blind, disable and disfigure, trapping families in a cycle of poverty and disease.

While investments in biomedical R&D have led to tremendous scientific breakthroughs and health improvements in the modern era, the benefits have been shared unevenly.

More than two billion people lack access to necessary medicines. High costs and limited health care infrastructure prevent many people from benefiting from recent medical advancements, leaving populations at risk of preventable diseases.

Sabin Vaccine Institute President Dr. Peter Hotez gave the keynote address on NTDs at the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers’ XXXI International Conference, focused on NTDs and rare diseases.

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