Published on November 15, 2012 at 6:56 AM
"Even half of the $2 billion spent on the campaign this year could go a long way toward controlling and eliminating NTDs," Hotez writes and describes several programs that could have been undertaken using that money to eliminate different NTDs in numerous regions. With that money, "we could make a huge difference in the lives of the world's poorest people both in the U.S. and abroad and actually lift tens, if not hundreds of millions out of poverty," he says. "The $2 billion spent on campaigning is long gone, but with President Obama's next term, we hope to see a renewed focus on global health and development," he continues, concluding, "Through government agencies like USAID, Congress has recognized the need for more support in the fight against NTDs. We hope moving forward that U.S. government support will continue to grow so that in the coming decade we may see a world nearly free of NTDs" (11/13).
This article was reprinted from kaiserhealthnews.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.