Mitchell Wolfe, deputy assistant secretary for the Office of Global Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), delivered a keynote address on Sept. 29. He discussed HHS projects and initiatives aimed at combating NTDs in the United States and at impacting U.S.-Mexico border relations.
The reception and Wolfe's keynote address were hosted on Sept. 29 as a lead-up to the Sept. 30 conference.
The Baker Institute conference "The United States and Mexico: Addressing a Shared Legacy of Neglected Tropical Diseases and Poverty" brought together scientists and policy experts to discuss how NTDs are affecting both countries. The conference examined the social and political barriers to the control and prevention of NTDs and determined ways that the U.S. and Mexico can work together to address these diseases.
These events are organized by the Baker Institute's Center for Health and Biosciences and the Mexico Center; the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine; and the END Fund, in partnership with the Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development. They are supported by a grant from the AbbVie Foundation and Burt and Deedee McMurtry.