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Neglected Tropical Diseases

Poor Individuals With Disabilities Open Up About Feeling 'Ashamed,' Finding Dignity

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 09.22.2015 | Impact

As the deadline looms for the U.N. to adopt its Sustainable Development Goals, people with disabilities are exposing their challenges for all the worl...

Summiting Kilimanjaro to See the End of NTDs

Kathy Spahn | Posted 06.11.2015 | Impact
Kathy Spahn

I have never been one to shy away from a challenge. Whether taking the train into New York City by myself as a young teen to attend dance classes with Alvin Ailey, or deciding at the age of 40 to abandon a career in the arts to get involved in the HIV/AIDS crisis, or, just ten years ago, taking the helm of one of the oldest NGOs in the U.S.

Gates Annual Letter's Big 2030 Health Goals: How Do We Get Them Done?

Jeffrey Walker | Posted 03.25.2015 | Impact
Jeffrey Walker

We see the most effective way to reach these goals is to put authentic, humble, and proactive cause-based collaboration at the center of how we work. We've seen this work well in the case of malaria.

"Justice for All" Should Embrace Black America's Neglected Health Disparities

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 02.21.2015 | Black Voices
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

This weekend's protest march in Washington DC highlighted an urgent need for dialogue and concrete steps to repair important national racial divides, yet an important one barely mentioned were disparities in health.

Environmental Disturbance and the Emergence of Tropical Disease: Lessons From the Gold Fields of Ghana

Mario Machado | Posted 11.29.2014 | World
Mario Machado

The wealth contained within this land does not belong to those that live and work it, but to those with the might to control it.

Deportations and "Deadly Diseases"

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

NTDs are a major homeland security threat to Texas and the US Gulf Coast. They have been a threat for quite a while and yet our government and government officials have mostly ignored the problem -- until now.

A New Malnutrition Vaccine for the World's Poor

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

For people living in the poorest countries in Asia, Oceana, Latin America and Africa, a neglected tropical disease (NTD) called hookworm is one of the leading causes of anemia. Today more than 400 million people suffer from hookworm, making it one of the most common conditions among people living in poverty.

Chagas Disease: A 2014 World Cup Yellow Card

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

Almost 6 million of the most vulnerable people living in the nine World Cup participating Latin American countries today do not receive treatment for their most debilitating neglected tropical disease.

Central African Republic and Its Neglected Tropical Diseases

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 06.30.2014 | Impact
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and poverty reinforce each other through mechanisms that involve reductions in workforce, food insecurity, and the health of girls and women.

The New HHS Secretary and America's Neglected Infections of Poverty

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

The new HHS Secretary will have a lot on her plate in 2014. It is my hope that with her unique skill set, Ms. Burwell will address this vital and most glaring health disparity among the poorest of the poor in the southern United States.

World Health Day

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

The global health community has a huge task ahead in order to control or eliminate the worst neglected tropical diseases transmitted by insects or snails.

Science for the Poor: Making Vaccines to Combat Poverty

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 04.13.2014 | World
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

Science can offer a lot to prevent these infections, thereby making poor people well enough to go back to work, children healthy and intellectually vibrant, and improving pregnancy outcomes.

America's 'New' Diseases of Poverty

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 03.10.2014 | Impact
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

Today the poorest people living in our nation still suffer from a group of diseases linked to extreme poverty, especially in the southern United States. Many of them will be afflicted with neglected tropical diseases. Are we ready?

South Sudan's Forgotten People and Their Forgotten Diseases

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 03.02.2014 | World
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

This week the community of tropical disease experts working in South Sudan is holding its collective breath over recent news of ethnic attacks, a potential for civil war, and the prospect that a public health tragedy could soon emerge in the region.

A Special Birthday Wish for Helen Keller

Kathy Spahn | Posted 08.26.2013 | Impact
Kathy Spahn

Achieving the elimination of blinding trachoma in 2015 in Mali and Niger will reinforce the promise of global elimination for 2020 and can save the sight of thousands of children and adults. It can also serve as one of the greatest tributes to Helen Keller's legacy the world has ever seen.

Unity, Balance, and Power

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.12.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The notion that parasites are ravaging populations -- and clearly, they are -- is hard to reconcile with the already-impressive and fast-accumulating evidence that the aftermath of eradicating parasites is ravaging other populations.

WATCH: Emily Blunt, Eddie Redmayne Can't Sit Through This Graphic Video

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 02.26.2013 | Impact

More than 1 billion people suffer from natural tropical diseases that are so devastating, advocates who want to help can barely sit through a short vi...

Government Support Is Key to Ending Neglected Tropical Diseases

His Excellency John Kufuor | Posted 03.30.2013 | Impact
His Excellency John Kufuor

Africa is often the focus of the global agenda, yet across the continent millions of people are also suffering from a little known group of infections called neglected tropical diseases, or NTDs. More than one in six people worldwide are infected by NTDs -- and half that burden is here in Africa.

Campaign Spending: What Else Can $2 Billion Buy?

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 01.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

Even half of the $2 billion spent on the U.S. presidential campaign this year could go a long way toward controlling and eliminating neglected tropical diseases.

How We Can Eliminate 7 Neglected Diseases That Affect World's Poorest By 2020

Neeraj Mistry, M.D. | Posted 07.15.2012 | Impact
Neeraj Mistry, M.D.

We're at risk of failing the poorest nations if we don't step up our efforts to address a health concern that's connected to the success of nearly every important socio-economic development milestone. I'm talking about neglected tropical diseases.

Inspiring a Generation of Women to Fight Neglected Tropical Diseases

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 05.03.2012 | Impact
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

It's not easy to introduce neglected tropical diseases, or NTDs, to first time audiences. The truth is they may be the most important diseases of girls and women you have never heard of.

To Be Rare Or to Be Neglected: For a Disease, That Is the Question

Dr. Layla McCay | Posted 05.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Layla McCay

In terms of the science, it seems that "rare diseases" are more likely to be neglected than so-called "neglected tropical diseases." Perhaps in terms of NTDs, it's not the diseases but the people who have been neglected?

Nodding Disease: A Mother's Worst Nightmare

David Lindsay | Posted 04.10.2012 | Impact
David Lindsay

Imagine watching your neighbor's child suddenly come down with a mysterious disease that robs her of vitality and leads to a slow, confusing demise.

The London Declaration and Eliminating NTDs

Ned Breslin | Posted 04.09.2012 | Impact
Ned Breslin

Polio is a water-related disease and we were left behind. Malaria has water- and sanitation-related aspects and we are being left behind. And our most obvious sweet spot -- NTDs -- have just left us behind again.

Engineering a Healthy Tomorrow for the Poorest Billion

Muhammad H. Zaman | Posted 04.02.2012 | Impact
Muhammad H. Zaman

It is not everyday that you hear the words big Pharma, billionaires, philanthropists and eradication of diseases in the same sentence. Well, Monday, January 30th was one such spectacular day.