Baylor College of Medicine makes an ideal location for the new National School of Tropical Medicine.
Baylor College of Medicine is located in Houston, an international city on the 30th parallel north of the equator. Sharing this parallel with us are three of the world’s largest cities Delhi, Shanghai and Cairo each with over 10 million people and with a combined population of 50 million people, not to mention some other important places in the world, including Jerusalem, Islamabad, Benghazi, Tripoli, Marrakech, Wuhan, Kathmandu, Chihuahua, Riyadh, Shiraz and Baghdad, each within just one, two or three degrees latitude from Houston. New evidence indicates a hidden burden of NTDs in the poorest parts of the United States but especially in Texas and the surrounding Gulf Coast. Among the NTDs now endemic to Texas are Chagas disease, cysticercosis, dengue, leishmaniasis and toxocariasis.
This location combined with a multi-cultural population – one in five Houstonians were born outside of the United States – makes Houston an international city. Houston's entrepreneurial spirit has made it the energy capital of the world and given rise to global companies in a wide array of industries.
As home to the largest health care complex in the world, the Texas Medical Center, Houston is also an international destination for medicine and research drawing patients, doctors and scientists from throughout the world.
Baylor and Texas Children's Hospital have launched extraordinary initiatives in global health including the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative at Texas Children's, launched in 1996 under the leadership of Dr. Mark Kline, chair and physician-in-chief, Department of Pediatrics, and the Texas Children's Center for Global Health led by Dr. Michael Mizwa.
Baylor Global Initiatives further broadens a worldwide presence by expanding academic partnerships across the globe and providing a centralized infrastructure for global health clinical, educational and research activities throughout the College.
Beyond Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's, the National School of Tropical Medicine's location in Houston will also support affiliations with other Texas organizations including Texas A&M University; University of Houston, Rice University, and The University of Texas.