On June 11, 2014, Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) introduced a bipartisan bill in the House of Representatives to support the control and elimination of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in the United States and abroad. H.R. 4847, the “End Neglected Tropical Diseases Act,” calls for the expansion of USAID’s NTD program; increased U.S. Government advocacy for NTDs among international development and financing institutions; reporting from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on NTDs in the United States; the creation of one or more NTD centers of excellence to increase research and development (R&D); and the establishment of a panel on intestinal worm infections, one of the most pervasive NTDs.
Africa Union Health Ministers Call for Increased Investments to Rid Africa of Neglected Trop
Jeffrey L. Sturchio, Senior Partner of Rabin Martin, and Adel A. F. Mahmoud, M.D., Ph.D, retired President of Merck Vaccines, write about the role of the private sector and public-private partnerships in the Huffington Post.