World Health Day
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Dr. Peter Hotez highlights Sabin's work combatting vector-borne diseases on the Huffington Post.
This year on World Health Day -- Monday, April 7 -- the World Health Organization (WHO) is emphasizing the prevention and control of vector-borne diseases. Vector-borne diseases mostly refer to malaria and other neglected tropical diseases that are transmitted by mosquitoes, sandflies, and other insects, as well as schistosomiasis, which is transmitted by snails.
These vector-borne diseases are some of the most common diseases on our planet and most of them disproportionately affect people living in extreme poverty. The link to poverty reflects the fact that poor people often live in low-quality housing without window screens or air conditioning and are exposed more frequently to the bites of insects. They also live in areas of environmental degradation where vectors flourish.