Reversing the World’s Neglect of Easily Cured Tropical Diseases

May 18, 2012 | Pacific Standard

Ahead of this weekend’s G8 Summit, Dr. Peter Hotez wrote an op-ed for Pacific Standard calling on G8 leaders to focus on NTD treatment and control as a cost-effective method to improve global health.

Reversing the World’s Neglect of Easily Cured Tropical Diseases

Dr. Peter Hotez

Pacific Standard

 

Introduction

Trichuriasis is an infection of the large intestine caused by the human whipworm (Trichuris trichiura).  Trichuriasis is part of a family of parasites known as the soil-transmitted helminths.

 Last century, the invention of the outhouse helped to eliminate hookworm and other parasites in the United States. Now new research shows that the lowly latrine could be a powerful tool in controlling these diseases, which remain widespread among the world's poorest people.

NTD control is also important for success in fighting other important diseases – notably HIV/AIDs, tuberculosis and malaria.  In Africa, there are high rates of co-infection among NTDs and HIV/AIDs, tuberculosis and malaria, demonstrating an increased need for more research to unlock the links b

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