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Acknowledging Link Between Treating NTDs, Advancing Prosperity

“As [President Obama] continues his tour encouraging African nations to foster economic growth and empower youth, we urge him to acknowledge the essential link between treating [neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)] and advancing prosperity,” Deborah Elson, communications officer at the Sabin Vaccine Institute, writes in the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect” blog. She provides a “wish list” of three points for President Obama to address, including increasing U.S. commitment “to reducing the impact of NTDs in Africa by supporting integrated treatment programs and offering technical assistance”; adding “deworming programs to all childhood nutrition efforts [to help] strengthen food security and nutrition interventions”; and cultivating South Africa’s role “in elevating NTDs as a priority health issue for the African region” (6/28).