Helminth Elimination in the Pursuit of Sustainable Development Goals: A "Worm Index" for Human Development
Sabin President, Dr. Peter Hotez and colleague discuss the important association between soil transmitted helminths (STHs) and impaired human development, as well as the need for inclusion amongst the new set of sustainable development goals (SDGs).
Over the last decade, increasing evidence links the major neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) to significant impact on both human and economic development accounting for approximately 10 million disability-adjusted life years (DALYs). In addition, helminth infections are related to decreased productivity and excessive health care burdens especially in rural areas.
Dr. Hotez notes, "we believe that research and development for these new NTD control and elimination strategies and tools will be required along with expansion of preventive chemotherapy, in order to reduce a nation's worm index, and should become an essential component of the SDGs."