January 14, 2010
As we know first-hand from our work in fighting neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in Haiti, the impact of this devastating earthquake will be felt for years to come. It is incumbent on all of us to do our part to help the people of Haiti get through this tragic situation.
Haiti suffers from a significant disease burden, with many NTDs endemic to the region including: lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis), dengue fever, and soil transmitted helminths (intestinal worms). Nearly fifty percent of Haitians live in urban and peri-urban communities where poverty combines with the conditions of unsafe water, poor sanitation, and the proliferation of animal reservoirs and vectors. The earthquake will only exacerbate an already terrible burden.