Should Americans be concerned with diseases like Chagas, dengue and leprosy? A June 7 forum will examine global health research and development and the hidden burden of neglected tropical diseases in Texas. The event will be held at the National Schoolof Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. The goal of the forum is to raise the profile of this serious global health trend and demonstrate the need for the development of new prevention, control and treatment tools and strategies.
One in six peopleâ1.4 billion people around the worldâhave a neglected tropical disease, or NTD. Though these diseases don't always kill, they cause lifelong disabilities, making it difficult or impossible for children to attend school and for adults to work and support their families. Evidence emerging over the past decade points to the importance of the public health threat posed by NTDs in the U.S., especially among the poor living in the South, particularly in Texas. These conditions disproportionately affect people of color and those living in extreme poverty.
Free registration is required, and portions of the event will be webcast. For details, please see our event webpage at www.researchamerica.org/TXglobalhealth. The forum is made possible by a grant from the Bill &Melinda Gates Foundation.