American Society Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) 's 2011 Annual Meeting. Neglected infectious diseases affect population groups living in poor socio-economic conditions, with low income and education levels, poor housing, lack of access to basic services such as clean water and sanitation, and in areas where armed conflict is present, environmental conditions are deteriorated and there are access barriers to health services. As they share similar social and environmental factors, neglected infectious diseases frequently coexist in the same geographical areas be they tropical or subtropical… "We have a great opportunity to reach elimination [as a public health problem], reduce suffering and physical and mental impairment." PAHO Director at the ASTMH Annual Meeting.
PAHO Director Dr. Mirta Roses presented her annual report for 2011 to the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) on March 20. The report details PAHO member countries’ progress toward the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and describes the contributions of PAHO’s technical cooperation in these areas.