Schistosomiasis, a parasitic disease transmitted by freshwater snails, infects more than 200 million people worldwide, causing horrific symptoms, especially in girls and women. Schistosomiasis is the second deadliest parasitic disease after malaria, killing an estimated 300,000 people annually, and has been linked as a co-factor in the spread of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa and the incidence of bladder cancer.
Statements and Press Releases
Dr. Ciro de Quadros, Sabin Vaccine Institute’s Executive Vice President and Director of Vaccine Advocacy and Education, received the Public Health Hero of the Americas Award on April 25, 2014. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). It was announced during Sabin’s 20th Anniversary Scientific Symposium, which was held at PAHO headquarters in Washington, DC.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 29, 2014 – The Sabin Vaccine Institute today will present its annual Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal Award to Dr. Mathuram Santosham for his pioneering role in the prevention of deadly H. influenzae type b (Hib) diseases, including pediatric bacterial meningitis and pneumonia. Dr. Santosham’s leadership in conducting groundbreaking research, vaccine efficacy trials and advocacy to prioritize Hib vaccines spans more than 40 years and has saved millions of children’s lives worldwide.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 25, 2014 – Twenty years ago, the immunization landscape was starkly different from what it is now. More than 100,000 cases of poliomyelitis and 1.2 million cases of measles occurred each year, and few low-income countries outside of the Americas had immunization plans. Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), which have existed since biblical times, wreaked havoc without recognition due to an absence of coordinated advocacy and government funding.