Table of Contents: PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases: The Geopolitics of Neglected Tropical Diseases


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To commemorate the Fifth Anniversary of the launch of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, we are releasing a collection focusing on geographic perspectives on the global burden of the neglected tropical diseases. In the following statement, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases Editor-in-Chief Peter Hotez describes the collection:

“Among the unique aspects of the NTDs is their intimate link with poverty and their marked geographic and regional variation. Since the very beginning of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, together with colleagues I have written and submitted a series of papers that try to summarize the major NTDs endemic to a particular geographic region and the key published data for those conditions, with an emphasis on their distribution, prevalence, and disease burden. Many of these papers were written with colleagues from the actual region. The first papers along a geographic theme began in 2008 with the Latin American and Caribbean region, in addition to closer looks at Brazil, the Caribbean region, and the United States of America. In 2009 we summarized sub-Saharan Africa and the nations of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference; in 2010 nuclear weapons states, the “Post-American” world, and the Canadian Arctic; in 2011 South Asia, Central Asia and NTDs in the Catholic world; in 2012, the Middle East and North Africa, and also Nigeria. Next year we anticipate publishing a summary of Oceania. We hope this collection of papers will be useful for those interested in a particular part. We also hope the collection will inspire people to think about our global diversity of people and their NTDs.”


Now We Are Six

Peter J. Hotez, Serap Aksoy

Nigeria: “Ground Zero" for the High Prevalence Neglected Tropical Diseases

Peter J. Hotez, Oluwatoyin A. Asojo, Adekunle M. Adesina

Texas and Mexico: Sharing a Legacy of Poverty and Neglected Tropical Diseases

Peter J. Hotez, Maria Elena Bottazzi, Eric Dumonteil, Jesus G. Valenzuela, Shaden Kamhawi, Jaime Ortega, Samuel Ponce de Leon Rosales, Miguel Betancourt Cravioto, Roberto Tapia-Conyer

The Neglected Tropical Diseases of India and South Asia: Review of Their Prevalence, Distribution, and Control or Elimination

Derek A. Lobo, Raman Velayudhan, Priya Chatterjee, Harajeshwar Kohli, Peter J. Hotez


Neglected Tropical Diseases of Oceania: Review of Their Prevalence, Distribution, and Opportunities for Control

Kevin Kline, James S. McCarthy, Mark Pearson, Alex Loukas, Peter J. Hotez

Research Article

Toward an Open-Access Global Database for Mapping, Control, and Surveillance of Neglected Tropical Diseases

Eveline Hürlimann, Nadine Schur, Konstantina Boutsika, Anna-Sofie Stensgaard, Maiti Laserna de Himpsl, Kathrin Ziegelbauer, Nassor Laizer, Lukas Camenzind, Aurelio Di Pasquale, Uwem F. Ekpo, Christopher Simoonga, Gabriel Mushinge, Christopher F. L. Saarnak, Jürg Utzinger, Thomas K. Kristensen, Penelope Vounatsou