Jeffrey Sachs Commencement Address at Baylor College of Medicine
Jeffrey Sachs mentions Sabin president Dr. Peter Hotez’s work on neglected tropical diseases in his commencement address at Baylor College of Medicine.
"Several giants of public health, including your own Dean Peter Hotez, one of the world’s premier parasitologists helped me to understand that the pandemics could be controlled and at low cost. We worked together to convey that information to Ministers of Finance and Health. We were able to propose new institutions such as the US PEPFAR program to combat HIV/AIDS and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria. Those programs have helped to roll back these killer diseases, and with Prof. Hotez’s guidance to expand the public health efforts to combat many other tropical diseases in Africa and Asia, such as helminthic infections and dengue fever. Shockingly, many of those same tropical diseases of poverty exist right here in Texas and throughout the Gulf of Mexico, and Prof. Hotez and the National School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine have taken up the fight here at home."