It’s Not Just About Bad Choices
Sabin's President, Dr. Peter Hotez, is quoted in this New York Times Op-Ed exploring the personal, environmental, systemic, health, and other variables contributing to and constructing the cycle of poverty.
“I estimate 12 million Americans living in poverty suffer from at least one neglected parasitic or tropical disease,” says Dr. Peter Hotez, the author of that study. “The media places so much emphasis on imaginary infectious disease threats, when millions of people in poverty, mostly people of color, have neglected infections that are almost completely ignored.”
In terms of health and resulting effects, the author notes that "millions of low-income Americans suffer from parasitic infections such as toxocariasis and toxoplasmosis that, in turn, are associated with cognitive impairment or mental health disorders." In a society where evidence suggests that "poverty and mental health problems are linked in complex, reinforcing ways", the author suggests that collective responsibility may be critical to supporting programs, organizations, and efforts that propel efforts to alleviate this problem.