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Neglected Tropical Diseases: the nexus of global health, poverty, and human rights

October 15, 2013

Sean Motl - Psychology

Through a political, social, anthropological, and medical perspective, my research critically analyzes the causes of neglected tropical diseases and proposes solutions for their eradication. With over a billion people infected worldwide, neglected tropical diseases are so named not just because of inadequate research and resources but also because of the populations they infect, often the poorest of the poor, living on less than $2 a day. The disproportional distribution of these diseases indicate a deeper problem of structural violence. Innovative donations of expired drugs, technological support through satellite power, improving mass drug administration methods, and rethinking humanitarian aid offer possible solutions.