End Neglected Tropical Diseases Act

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Legislative Process Review: End Neglected Tropical Diseases Act (2015) Steven E Stefanowicz, Jr., BSN, RN Drexel University Abstract This paper explores the federal legislative process, specifically in regards to House of Representatives’ Bill 1797 (H.R. 1797), formally known as the End Neglected Tropical Diseases Act. Information in regards to the legislative bill and process, including current and relevant legislative actions, proposed intent, and relevance to the fields of health care and nursing are examined and reviewed. The bill investigates the importance of education, research, and development of programing by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in regards to seventeen Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), as identified by the World Health Organization (WHO), and other rare, life-threatening diseases found throughout the world. As Representative Christopher Smith of New Jersey sponsors and defends enactment of the bill, information in regards to the relevance of Neglected Tropical Diseases in comparison to current health care concerns are reviewed. While the bill has failed in a previous Congressional Session, it is necessary to support the enactment of this and related legislature in order to not only protect the general public, but those healthcare professionals caring for individuals affected by these diseases. Keywords: End Neglected Tropical Diseases Act, Neglected Tropical Diseases, World Health Organization, U.S. Agency
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