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.
Tuesday, September 29
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.
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
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.
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.
Click the links below to view further research on this topic:
- Policy brief: "Mosquito-Transmitted Epidemics: Zika Virus in the United States and Mexico" (released March 4, 2016)
- Policy report: "The United States and Mexico: Addressing a Shared Legacy of Neglected Tropical Diseases and Poverty" (released Feb. 29, 2016)
- Policy report: "Ethical Considerations for the Creation of a National Neglected Tropical Disease Policy" (released Feb. 29, 2016)
- Policy brief: "Mosquito-Transmitted Epidemics: Dengye, Chikungunya and West Nile in the United States and Mexico" (released Dec. 20, 2015)
- Policy brief: "Chagas Disease: Sharing the Burden and the Solutions in the United States and Mexico" (released Oct. 30, 2015)
Student essay compliation: "How would you raise awareness of neglected tropical diseases?" (released Sept. 25, 2015)
- Student outreach project: "Combatting neglected tropical diseases through early education, detection and prevention" (released Sept. 25, 2015)