More than 20 academics from Africa and Europe attended a London workshop co-hosted by LSE recently to discuss adopting a more biosocial approach to controlling neglected tropical diseases, which affect more than 1 billion people worldwide.
The videos posted here reflect a range of views from leading experts trying to find the middle ground between scientists, anthropologists, drug companies and funding bodies in tackling this health crisis in Africa and Latin America.
Dr Johannes Sommerfield acknowledged that while proven strategies exist for neglected tropical diseases, the key issue is to improve accessibility to populations who are overburdened by these diseases.
Dr Johannes Sommerfeld is a scientist with the World Health Organization who manages research on community-based interventions for the control and prevention of infectious diseases of poverty. He has previously worked in academia in the USA (Harvard University) and in Germany (University of Heidelberg) and has a broad health social science background, with training in cultural and medical anthropology, sociology, economics and public health.