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LAC Countries ‘Must Recommit Themselves’ To Eliminating NTDs

Writing in the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect” blog, Ambassador Donald Planty discusses the “devastating consequences of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) that are felt every day in the lives of more than 200 million people in [Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)].” He continues, “In order to control and eliminate NTDs in LAC by 2015, countries must recommit themselves to launching effective national programs. This recommitment must include 1) preparing and enacting national plans for the elimination of NTDs, 2) defining the distribution networks to be used for delivering medications, and 3) monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of the treatments.” Planty continues, “The final step is for presidents, prime ministers and ministers of health to avail themselves of the moral and material resources available to support the planning and implementation of national action plans” (10/24).