Vatican Conference on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)and Rare Diseases
Towards a Culture of Health that is Welcoming and Supportive at the Service of People with Rare and Neglected Pathologies
Hosted by the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers
Notable speakers included Cardinal Peter Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development recently instituted by Pope Francis; Beatrice Lorenzin, the Minister of Health of Italy; Anthony Tersigni, President of the Governing Board of the International Committee of Catholic Health-care Institutions and CEO of Ascension, the world’s largest Catholic health system and Ariel Pablos-Méndez, USAID Assistant Administrator for Global Health.
Sabin’s president, Dr. Peter Hotez, gave the opening keynote on NTDs and the conference ended with an audience with Pope Francis.