Neglected Tropical Diseases in the Ebola-Affected Countries of West Africa
Dr. Peter Hotez, Sabin President, authored this editorial on opportunities for integrating control programs for NTDs and malaria with Ebola.
"While global attention in West Africa is focused on the emergence of Ebola virus infection, new information from the published literature and World Health Organization databases reveals that many other neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are far more widespread and also require urgent attention.
It is also important to highlight the opportunities for integrating control programs for NTDs, malaria, and Ebola, which geographically overlap among affected populations in the three West African countries, as well as the overarching role of strengthening health systems to ensure that funds committed for these diseases are used to their fullest potential. In some cases, the control programs for NTDs, malaria, and Ebola themselves may strengthen health systems, but dedicated independent support and commitment for health systems will also be required."