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Forgotten People, Forgotten Diseases
The Neglected Tropical Diseases and Their Impact on Global Health and Development
Some of the worst tropical diseases in the world have too long been ignored. Parasitic and bacterial diseases such as hookworm, snail fever, river blindness, guinea worm, elephantiasis, sleeping sickness, and leprosy are the most common infections of third-world populations. These neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) represent one of the most important reasons why populations living in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America remain caught in a vicious cycle of poverty, stigma, and despair. With a lifetime devoted to the subject of tropical diseases, the well-known expert Dr. Peter Hotez provides a comprehensive view of these forgotten diseases. Written in accessible, straightforward language, Forgotten People, Forgotten Diseases thoroughly explains the most significant NTDs, including social and economic aspects, public health concerns, and preventative measures. This volume will raise public awareness about these forgotten diseases and their enormous physical, social, and economic costs to individuals and nations alike, and advocates for the largely voiceless victims living in remote and rural regions. Dr. Hotez also provides a roadmap to coordinate global advocacy and mobilization of resources to combat these conditions. Finally, the book addresses unique opportunities to fight the NTDs through low-cost and highly cost-effective control measures.Key Features · Authored by one of the world’s leading experts on the NTDs· Conveys important information about this critical global health problem in non-technical language· Details the biological, social, and economic aspects of these diseases · Explains the links between global health and international economic development· Provides information on individuals, companies, and foundations involved in advocacy for the NTDs· Includes extensive illustrations and references for further reading “Like a great general mustering his forces, Professor Peter Hotez is gathering the forces of the world community to the fight against mankind’s most ancient scourges: leprosy, worm infections, blinding trachoma, and other harrowing tropical diseases....His crystal clear and powerful text displays the mind of a great scientist and humanist, one who knows every technical detail about the diseases which afflict billions of people and kill millions each decade….This book is an amazing primer. It can be read by the general reader but also by the specialist in Infectious Diseases…. This book is thrilling on all levels.”From the Foreword by Sonia Ehrlich Sachs, M.D., M.P.H., Millennium Village Project of The Earth Institute, and Jeffrey D. Sachs, Ph.D., Special Advisor to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and Director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY“Forgotten People, Forgotten Diseases teaches us about an incredible opportunity we have to control… neglected tropical diseases on a massive scale. I am excited by the possibility of witnessing the elimination of some of these terrible scourges in my lifetime. For all of these reasons, I am hopeful that this book will inspire you and stimulate you to get involved in stamping out the neglected tropical diseases, thereby taking an important step to reaching out in a very tangible way to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.”From the Foreword by Alyssa Milano, Lead Ambassador for the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases