G7 Focus, Action On NTDs Can Help Alleviate Poverty Worldwide

Huffington Post: Unpacking the G7 Agenda: Recognizing Neglected Tropical Diseases
Ilya Jones, communications officer at the Malaria Consortium, U.K.

“…Among other health issues, diseases of poverty — or more specifically, neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) — will be a focal point for the [G7] summit meetings. … Despite their pervasiveness, NTDs are generally eclipsed by the major killers like malaria, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis. Yet they can leave just as deep a mark. Malaria Consortium uses its expertise in malaria control as an entry point for addressing NTDs. … By recognizing the danger that the diseases pose to fragile economies and vulnerable populations, world leaders will be paving the way for increased investment in affordable treatments that can help to alleviate poverty…” (6/2).