Report Calls for Greater Focus on Neglected Diseases
"Incorporating A Rapid-Impact Package for Neglected Tropical Diseases With Programs for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria," PLoS Medicine: The report -- by Peter Hotez, chair of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine at the George Washington University, and colleagues -- calls for new health policies that would focus on the relationship between neglected tropical diseases and HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria. The authors write strategies to control neglected diseases -- such schistosomiasis, hookworm and ascariasis -- can be incorporated into existing measures that aim to control the "big three" diseases. By addressing neglected tropical diseases, international health partnerships can help reduce global poverty and disease, the report says (Hotez et al., PLoS Medicine, May 2006).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.