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Honduras Becomes First LAC Country To Launch National Plan To Combat NTDs

“A major milestone was achieved on April 12, when Honduras became the first country in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region to officially launch an integrated national plan to combat neglected tropical diseases (NTDs),” the the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect” blog reports. “Mirian Yolanda Paz, vice minister of health, led the activities and laid out the path to end nine NTDs endemic to Honduras (soil-transmitted helminths, Chagas disease, leishmaniasis, leptospirosis, cysticercosis, neonatal and nonneonatal tetnus, congenital syphilis and rabies),” the blog writes, noting, “The plan includes a budget for proposed activities and is estimated at $20 million over a five year period” (4/17).