Growing vaccine resistance in Texas: A policy opportunity to involve doctors and protect children

Increasing vaccination rates throughout the state will help prevent future outbreaks of preventable diseases, which require millions of dollars for emergency response measures and compromise public and personal health. Reforming school-entry vaccination exemption policies will maximize public health benefits, cut health care costs and uphold personal liberties through increased informed consent. Continue Reading

Combating NTDs through early education, detection and prevention: An interactive activity for sixth-grade children

Educating children about neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) through interactive role-play activities is an effective way to raise awareness about NTDs, encourage early detection and treatment for these diseases, and decrease transmission. NTDs are a group of diseases that severely affect the world’s “bottom billion.” Approximately one billion people are currently infected with one or more NTDs, while another billion are at direct risk of becoming infected.
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Student blog: Using visual media to raise awareness of NTDs

I was telling a friend about the Africans affected by neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and how these diseases perpetuate poverty. She was convinced of their global importance. But apparently, my speech did not stir her until I told her the scabies she just recovered from was one of the NTDs. This is a clear example showing that the collective term “NTDs” might be confusing. The term might seem even more removed from Americans who do not live in the poorest neighborhoods and have never contracted any of the NTDs; such people are mostly unaware of the pain and suffering caused by NTDs, despite their far-reaching socioeconomic significance for the affected population and America as a whole.
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