tropical diseases en G20’s secret shame: ignoring tropical diseases among world’s profoundly poor This past weekend, the Sherpas for the group of 20 nations met for the third time in St. Petersburg to lay the ground work for the G20 Leaders’ Summit in September. Absent from any public disclosures of these meetings and the proposed fall agenda, so far, have been a newly revealed underbelly of disease and poverty in the G20 countries resulting from a group of chronic and debilitating infections known as the neglected tropical diseases or “NTDs.” NTDs are long-lasting and disabling parasitic and related infections that few people know about, such as leishmaniasis, elephantiasis, liver fluke, Chagas disease, and hookworm infection. They are the most common infections of poor people, rendering them too sick for work or productive activities and with the ability to reduce child intellect and future wage earning. The NTDs disproportionately affect girls and women. <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa tropical diseases World Leaders Diplomacy Aid Brazil China Global Economy India Commentary Indonesia Russia Health Haiti United States Fri, 17 May 2013 10:17:00 +0000 Peter Hotez 5839262 at Another bad thing about war: insect-borne diseases Kinetoplastid infections have emerged as the most lethal consequence of modern wars over the last three decades. Few have ever heard of the kinetoplastid infections, which emerged in the 1980s as among the most ferocious diseases affecting innocent civilians caught in wars and conflict in the Middle East and Africa. <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan War Africa Home tropical diseases Americas Conflict Zones Commentary United States Fri, 19 Jul 2013 10:03:12 +0000 Peter Hotez 5883328 at