Rice University’s Baker Institute Center for Health and Biosciences and the Mexico Center in partnership with Baylor College of Medicine’s National School of Tropical Medicine, the END Fund, the Sabin Vaccine Institute, and Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, will be hosting The US and Mexico — Addressing a Shared Legacy of Neglected Tropical Disease and Poverty in Houston September 29 through the 30th.
The conference will bring together scientists and policy experts to discuss how neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are affecting both countries by examining the social and political barriers to the control and prevention of NTDs and determine ways that the U.S. and Mexico can work together to address these diseases. An event highlight will be the keynote address by Dr. Mercedes Juan Lopez, Mexico’s minister of health.
The two day conference schedule includes:
Tuesday, September 29
1:00 pm – Student workshop
5:00 pm – Reception
6:00 pm – Keynote presentation
Wednesday, September 30
8:00 am – Breakfast
8:30 am – Conference
4:30 pm – Closing remarks
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The US and Mexico’s Shared Legacy
According to the University’s conference announcement, “In the United States, 1.65 million households have an income of less than $2 per day per person according to the University of Michigan National Poverty Center. The World Bank estimates that over 5 million people in Mexico also live on less than $2 per day. This extreme poverty is concentrated in the southern states of both countries, along with many common diseases of poverty. Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a group of parasitic, viral and bacterial infections that afflict mainly those living in extreme poverty. NTDs tend to be chronic, debilitating infections that leave their victims malnourished, disabled and disfigured, often resulting in social stigma and a limited capacity to work or attend school. Despite the fact that NTDs impact public health and local economies in both the U.S. and Mexico, only a few initiatives are working to prevent these diseases.”
About Rice University’s Baker Institute
Founded in 1993, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy has established itself as one of the premier nonpartisan public policy think tanks in the country. The institute ranks 9th among university-affiliated think tanks worldwide, 18th among US think tanks, and 4th among energy resource think tanks.
Key research programs include energy, health, conflict resolution, science and technology. The institute collaborates with experts from academia, government, the media, business, and nongovernmental and private organizations. In conjunction with its more than 20 programs, the institute attracts many domestic and foreign leaders who provide their views and insights on major issues.