Neglected Tropical Diseases and the 2012 US Presidential Election

Within the United States government both Democrats and Republicans have championed support to control and eliminate neglected tropical diseases. In the next year leading up to the US presidential and congressional elections, the global NTD community has an important opportunity to present the case for NTD funding to remain as an essential component of US international development assistance. Gaps in funding still exist, and engaging both Congressional Democrats and Republicans on NTDs must remain a top priority for each of us in the science community. Your research and program funding depends on it; US evidenced-based policies depend on it; and, millions of people around the world who live in poverty depend on it as well.

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