On July 9th, The Immunization Partnership (TIP), a non-profit organization whose mission is to eradicate vaccine-preventable diseases by educating the community, advocating evidence-based public policy, and promoting immunization best practices, will be hosting a free webinar, entitled, “Making Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) Vaccine-Preventable: What you can do.”
The webinar will be led by expert in the field of NTDS, Dr. Peter J Hotez, MD., PhD, Fellow in Diseases and Poverty, Baker Institute, Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine; Endowed Chair in Tropical Pediatrics, Texas Children’s Hospital; and President, Sabin Vaccine Institute, where he will answer the following questions:
- What is currently being done to make NTDs vaccine-preventable?
- Why is it important for the immunization community as a whole to get involved in efforts to increase awareness about NTDs?
- And what can they do to help?
When asked “What does the immunization community have to do with NTDs?” Anna C. Dragsbaek, JD, President and CEO of the TIP answered, “Despite the name, these diseases aren’t limited to tropical locations. An estimated 12 million Americans live with at least one NTD. While southern states are at the greatest risk, Chagas disease (dubbed “The New HIV/AIDS of the Americas”) has been reported as far north as Virginia, and the triatomine bug (the insect that carries the parasite that causes Chagas) can be found across much of the U.S., including Illinois and Pennsylvania.”
Mrs. Dragsbaek continued, “Despite the alarming prevalence of NTDs, obtaining funding to research and develop vaccines against diseases like Chikungunya and Chagas has been a challenge due to a lack of awareness. Internationally recognized expert Dr. Peter Hotez of the Sabin Vaccine Institute is one of those leading the charge on developing vaccines for NTDs, and he will be joining us for the 1-hour webinar. As immunization advocates we have a real opportunity to help make vaccines against these diseases a reality. We hope this webinar will provide some practical guidance on how you can help.”
To register for the free webinar click here.
The mission of The Immunization Partnership (TIP) is to eradicate vaccine-preventable diseases by educating the community, advocating evidence-based public policy, and promoting immunization best practices. Our vision is a community free from vaccine-preventable diseases. All of our projects and programs are developed in concert with achieving the organization’s mission. To achieve and sustain high immunization rates, TIP has three focus areas: education, advocacy, and the support of immunization best practices. Together, these three areas address both the root causes of low immunization rates and the far-reaching policy issues that impact immunization rates in Texas.