The Causes and Impacts of Neglected Tropical and Zoonotic Diseases: Opportunities for Integrated Intervention Strategies – Institute of Medicine – 1 June 2011

Posted on June 3, 2011. Filed under: Infectious Diseases | Tags: , |

The Causes and Impacts of Neglected Tropical and Zoonotic Diseases: Opportunities for Integrated Intervention Strategies – Workshop Summary – Institute of Medicine – 1 June 2011
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“Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) afflict more than 1.4 billion people, many of whom live on less than $1.25 a day. NTDs are a symptom of poverty and neglect; those who are most affected are also the poorest of the poor, living in remote rural areas, pockets of poverty in Appalachia, urban slums, or conflict zones. While there are effective ways to control NTDs—including drugs, vaccines, and infrastructure improvements—policy-makers and funding agencies have only recently begun to recognize the public health and economic importance of increased, sustained support for programs to control and manage the impacts of these diseases.

The IOM’s Forum on Microbial Threats held a workshop September 21-22, 2010, to consider the science and policy implications of NTDs. Participants discussed the origins and impact of these diseases; the influence of NTDs on human and animal health and economic productivity; and opportunities to engage the global community in combating neglected diseases.”

 

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