The number of polio cases has plummeted in the last 25 years, from 300,000 to less than 300. Even so, last May the World Health Organization declared that global eradication of polio, reaching that last 0.1 percent, was a “programmatic emergency for global public health.”

ABC News Tweet Chat on NTDs

Neglected tropical diseases were today’s featured topic for ABC News’ weekly health “tweet chat”. ABC’s chief medial correspondent, Dr. Richard Besser hosted the chat and posed various questions and conversation topics to participants about NTDs. Sabin President Dr. Peter Hotez and Global Network Managing Director Dr. Neeraj Mistry also participated.

Peter Hotez for Foreign Policy: The Disease Next Door

They're probably the most important diseases you've never heard of -- causing everything from greusome limb disfigurement and skin sores to bladder and liver cancers to neurological damage -- and they're practically ubiquitous among world's poorest people. Typically, such infections last for years or even decades, causing chronic and permanent disabilities such as stunted growth and intellectual developments in children; blindness, heart disease, and disfigurement of adults; and pregnancy complications that can result in severe disease in both newborns and their mothers.
When it comes to scientific research, not all schistosomes are treated equally.

In a recent blog post, Bill Gates describes his visit to Ghana, where he hoped to learn more about the country’s health delivery systems.

Today, Sabin President Dr. Peter Hotez contributed a story to Foreign Policy about how little known neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are wreaking havoc in some of the world's wealthiest nations. This and other stories in today's News Roundup.

In the 21st century, it can often be hard to recognize the extent of our dependence on technology for day to day activities.

Today the Decade of Vaccines (DoV) Collaboration released the final, illustrated version of the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP), with a foreword by the DoV Collaboration Leadership Council, photographs, charts and important annexes.
When discussing public health campaigns and disease prevention, most people want to immediately jump to the solution – we want a vaccine, a cure, a narrative – so we can stop the cycle of disease and suffering. But we must remember to crawl before we walk, and this cliché could not ring more true than in the world of disease monitoring and surveillance, particularly for a disease like pneumococcal, a deadly bacterial infection that kills more than 1.6 million people annually, including half a million children.
Since our founding in 1993, the Sabin Vaccine Institute (Sabin) has been at the forefront of efforts to control, treat and eliminate vaccine-preventable and neglected tropical diseases by developing new vaccines, advocating the use of existing vaccines and promoting increased access to affordable medical treatments. This year marks our 20th anniversary and gives us reason to celebrate our success in advancing this mission.

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