Pediatric tropical medicine: The neglected diseases of children

PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
(Accessed 11 May 2019)


Pediatric tropical medicine: The neglected diseases of children
Peter J. Hotez, Audrey R. Odom John, A. Desiree LaBeaud
| published 09 May 2019 PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
New information released by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the National Resident Matching Program shows continued declines in interest in pediatric infectious diseases as a career, highlighting that we risk losing a generation of trained experts in pediatric infectious and tropical diseases. The loss paradoxically coincides with updated estimates revealing the disproportionate global health impact of tropical infectious diseases on children. Our objective is to highlight several ominous trends, including our findings that (1) the pediatric tropical disease burdens are huge and do not appear to be declining and (2) fewer trainees are entering the field. Included here are are some key suggestions to address these concerns…