NTDs in U.S. and Mexico

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) comprise a group of parasitic, viral and bacterial infections that mainly afflict those living in areas of extreme poverty, including the southern regions of the United States and Mexico. The 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 and determine how countries can work together to address the problem.

This was a three-part event, open to the public. Please click on the links below for more details on each part.






Part 1: Student Workshop – "Charting a Path in the NTD World"

Tuesday, September 29
1–5 p.m.

The workshop introduced students to NTD prevention and control and elimination efforts, and gave concrete advice and tools to get involved and make a difference while still in school.


Part 2:  Keynote Address — "U.S. NTD Strategy and U.S.-Mexico Border Health Projects"

Mitchell Wolfe, M.D., M.P.H.

Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Global Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Tuesday, September 29
5 p.m. – Reception
6 p.m. – Keynote address

Dr. Wolfe discussed HHS projects and initiatives aimed at combating NTDs in the United States, and impacting the U.S.-Mexico border and relations between the two countries.


Part 3: Conference: "The United States and Mexico: Addressing a Shared Legacy of Neglected Tropical Diseases and Poverty”

Wednesday, September 30

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The conference examined the social and political barriers to the control and prevention of NTDs and determine ways that the U.S. and Mexico can work together to address these diseases.

Dr. Mercedes Juan López, Mexico's minister of health, delivered an address during the morning session.

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. 

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