NTD Control Should ‘Remain A Priority’ In Conflict Countries

Huffington Post: Central African Republic and Its Neglected Tropical Diseases
Peter Hotez, founding dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, and Ellen Agler, CEO of The END Fund

“…The Central African Republic (CAR) could emerge as one of the newest ‘perfect storms’ of poverty, conflict, and NTDs. … NTD control often falls off the priority list when conflict arises as agencies and governments focus on providing food, shelter, and security to affected populations. To ensure that these diseases that devastate the lives of millions of people are not further neglected during times of crisis, engagement from health agencies with expertise in complex emergencies and a willingness to ensure NTD control efforts remain a priority…” (4/30).