Co-Chairs of Congressional Caucus on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases cite scientists’ great contributions to humankind
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) and Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Co-chairmen of the Congressional Caucus on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases, (NTD) congratulated three 2015 Nobel Prize-winning scientists whose discoveries led to drugs that have spared millions of people from the burden of malaria and three types of parasitic diseases. The Congressman issued the following statement for the scientists’ historic milestone:
“We congratulate William C. Campbell and Satoshi Omura for their discovery of Ivermectin, a medicine that has nearly eradicated river blindness and dramatically reduced the incidence of lymphatic filariasis. We also congratulate Tu Youyou for her discovery of Artemisinin, a drug that has significantly reduced malaria mortality rates.
"Together, these scientists have made a great contribution to the advancement of humankind, particularly to the billions of people in the developing world who face a very real threat from these diseases in their everyday lives. The U.S. Government, through the President’s Malaria Initiative and other critical initiatives, has played an instrumental role in the progress of efforts to eradicate malaria and NTDs globally. In the years to come, we remain committed to supporting the highly cost-effective and impactful work of controlling and eliminating the threat of malaria and parasitic diseases.”
Crenshaw: Barbara Riley, Communications Director, 202-225-2501
Meeks: Ladan Ahmadi, Communications Director, 202-225-3461