Yemen: Fighting Neglected Tropical Diseases against All Odds
Dr. Peter Hotez and coauthor Elisa Baring call attention to NTDs in Yemen.
"Today, Yemen has some of the highest concentrations of NTDs in the Middle East. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than one-third of the people of Yemen require regular treatment for schistosomiasis, an important cause of urogenital disease, especially among girls and women (who develop female genital schistosomiasis), as well as bladder cancer. More than 10 million Yemeni children require treatment for intestinal worms, which cause malnutrition and cognitive delays. River blindness and trachoma, each requiring preventive chemotherapy, are endemic, as are cutaneous leishmaniasis and dengue fever."