About the book
In Under the Big Tree, public health leader Ellen Agler and award-winning writer Mojie Crigler tell the moving stories of those struggling with these diseases and the life-saving work that can be—and has been—done to combat NTDs. They introduce readers to people from all walks of life—from car-washers in Lake Victoria and surgeons on motorbikes to under-resourced local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and Big Pharma scientists—as they chronicle what has been called the largest public health program in the world.
Under the Big Tree makes a passionate, persuasive argument. Ending NTDs is a low-cost, high impact way to radically improve the lives of the world’s poorest citizens.
Over a billion people worldwide are affected by tropical diseases that are devastating but entirely preventable. This uplifting book chronicles the growing movement to eradicate these maladies and create a safer, healthier planet for all of us.
Ellen’s stories are heart-warming, heartbreaking, inspiring, infuriating, authentic and compelling. I recommend this eminently readable book and look forward to its sequel about the end of NTDs.
Under the Big Tree is a concise and vigorous exploration of the devastating effects of neglected tropical disease and the sweeping benefits that follow their demise.
Under the Big Tree blends fascinating stories, from all sides of the fight against neglected tropical diseases, with takeaway lessons of collaboration, creativity, and positive systemic change. The result is a book that is accessible, inspiring, and deeply necessary.
The world cannot remain indifferent to NTDs. Under the Big Tree is a clarion call for the global community to commit resources to bringing these ancient diseases to an end.
The stories told in Under the Big Tree are examples of how proper awareness and creative collaboration can forge positive, large-scale change. A moving, mobilizing read.
Under the Big Tree is a powerful addition to high school and college courses in science, social studies, economics, and current events.
More Advance Praise
Under the Big Tree is an inspiring reminder of what is possible when those in the global health field put their faith in people and their trust in evidence .
–Margaret Chan, Former Director-General, World Health Organization
The compelling—and largely untold—story of the people and activities addressing the scourge of tropical disease.
— Gilbert Burnham, MD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
An excellent example of partnerships developing around a common cause and an inspiration for those involved in not only neglected tropical diseases, but also in improving healthcare for the most neglected of communities.
— Adrian Hopkins, MD, Mectizan Donation Program
The fight against neglected tropical diseases is one of the most important public health stories of the last quarter century. I recommend this book to anyone looking to understand this under appreciated story.
— Elie Hassenfeld, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Givewell