Huffington Post article on NTDs in Central African Republic


Central African Republic and Its Neglected Tropical Diseases

by Peter Hotez and Ellen Agler

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and poverty reinforce each other through mechanisms that involve reductions in workforce, food insecurity, and the health of girls and women. Less well known, but equally important social forces, in promoting NTDs, are war and conflict. Previous articles have highlighted the devastation from NTDs in times of war, especially in remote areas of South Sudan and other African countries, as well as in the Middle East. For example, the NTD known as African sleeping sickness is believed to have killed hundreds of thousands of people caught in long and drawn out civil and international conflicts at the close of the 20th century.  Continue reading...