Holidays in the Sun and the Caribbean’s Forgotten Burden of Neglected Tropical Diseases

Away from the beaches, resorts, and cruise ships, however, there lies a hidden underbelly of poverty in the Caribbean, and with this poverty, endemic neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Given the impact of the NTDs on child development, pregnancy outcome, and worker productivity, ultimately, US$1.00 (less than the cost of a single piña colada!) per tourist in order to eliminate massive NTD health disparities in the Caribbean is a very reasonable and easy-to-digest financial mechanism, as well as a highly cost-effective means to lift the region’s poorest people out of poverty.

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