This bill would expand programs to address neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) through:
- the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID),
- the Centers for Disease Control (CDC),
- and the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS).
An existing NTDs Program within USAID would be expanded, a research and development program would be created, and possibly address additional NTDs.
The President would be required to direct U.S. representatives to the United Nations and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development to urge actions on NTDs, including deworming programs.
Under this legislation HHS must continue to promote the need for NTDs programs and activities through interagency groups and international forums. The CDC would report to Congress about NTDs in the U.S.
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases or the Health Resources and Services Administration would be required to support one or more centers of excellence for NTD research, training, and treatment. The National Institutes of Health would create a panel to evaluate issues relating to worm infections, including potential solutions such as deworming medicines.