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Ending Corruption In Angola Would Help More Children Survive

New York Times: An Unsettling Complicity Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist “There are parasites of all kinds in poor countries. One variety is intestinal, the worms that afflict countless children. … The other kind of parasite afflicting Angolan children is the crooked official, often working with Western executives. It’s…

Opinion Pieces Mark World TB Day

Devex: New approaches needed to end TB Anna Nakanwagi-Mukwaya, director of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease’s Uganda office; Paula Fujiwara, the Union’s scientific director; and Lucica Ditiu, executive secretary of the Stop TB Partnership “…Innovative projects like [Slum Partnerships to Actively Respond to Tuberculosis in Kampala (SPARK-TB)],…

Controlling, Eliminating NTDs Makes Way For Poverty Alleviation, WHO Report Shows

Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect”: A New WHO Report Brings Fresh Data and Ideas on Ending NTDs Mirta Roses Periago, former director of the Pan American Health Organization, writes, “The WHO report [‘Investing to Overcome the Global Impact of Neglected Tropical Diseases,’] endorses the fact that…

Guinea Worm Close To Eradication As Incidence Declines

Slate: Tug of War “…From 3.5 million cases in 21 countries in 1986, incidence [of Guinea worm] dropped to just 126 cases in 2014, with more than half of those occurring in South Sudan. Vanquishing Guinea worm would be arguably the first great public health triumph of the 21st century.…

Boko Haram In West, Central Africa Poses Threat To NTD Gains

PLOS “Speaking of Medicine”: Boko Haram and Africa’s Neglected Tropical Diseases Peter Hotez, co-editor in chief of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, writes, “I am concerned that the expansion of Boko Haram into West and Central Africa…

Carlos Slim Foundation Receives Texas Children’s Hospital Award, Recognized For NTD Vaccine Research

Forbes: Carlos Slim’s Foundation Recognized For Work On Health, Research To Develop Anti-Chagas Vaccine “Texas Children’s Hospital, a Houston-based not-for-profit health care organization, announced Monday that the Carlos Slim Foundation is this year’s recipient of the 2015 International Recognition Award of their 25th International Colloquium. … The foundation said that…

Global Network Urges Congress To Uphold Previous Funding Commitments To NTDs

Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect”: Speak out against Proposed Cuts to the USAID’s NTD Program Selma Melkich, policy coordinator for the Global Network, discusses proposed funding for neglected tropical diseases in the White House FY 2016 budget request and writes, “Bipartisan action in Congress has thankfully,…

Governments, NGOs Should Work To Implement WHO Public Health Interventions For NTDs

Epoch Times: The Global Impact of Neglected Tropical Diseases César Chelala, international public health consultant “…The NTDs seriously impact economic, social, and health indicators. … They may cost national economies hundreds of millions of dollars that could be avoided with effective prevention campaigns. … The WHO has developed five public…

SDGs Present Opportunity To Address NTDs, Other ‘Lost Causes’

The Guardian: Will the SDGs be the last hope for lost causes? Dominic Haslam, director of policy and program strategy at Sightsavers “…Despite many NTDs being straightforward to prevent or treat and progress being made to treat more people than ever before, they are still rarely prioritized in global health…