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NPR’s TED Radio Hour Examines Guinea Worm Eradication Efforts

NPR: How Are Health Workers Putting An End To Guinea Worms? In this TED Radio Hour show, “Professor Richard Thaler returns to the show to talk about how a nudge has essentially eradicated guinea worm disease in Africa. … Thaler’s 2008 bestseller, Nudge, (co-written with Cass Sunstein) explores how concepts…

Treating Female Genital Schistosomiasis Could Help Prevent HIV Among Women, Girls In Africa, Research Suggests

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Preventing HIV through treatment of neglected tropical diseases could save billions In a guest post, Paul Henry Brodish of MEASURE Evaluation discusses research showing that “[a]mong girls and women [in Africa], genital schistosomiasis increases the likelihood of later infection with HIV” and suggests “that…

Some Malaria Prevention Methods Would Also Help Reduce Spread Of Zika Virus

U.N. Dispatch: What can the fight against malaria teach us about Zika? Blogger and international development professional Alanna Shaikh discusses malaria prevention methods and their effectiveness, including insecticide-treated bednets, which Shaikh says also could help prevent Zika infection (6/10).

WHO Member Nations Pass Resolution To Add Mycetoma To NTD List

Global Health NOW: Attention Finally for a Neglected Disease “By the time mycetoma — a terrifying and obscure tropical infection — reached the discussion floor of the World Health Assembly at the end of last week, most officials had flown home. … [I]t was Ahmed Fahal, the Sudanese director of…

WHO To Convene Emergency Meeting On Angolan Yellow Fever Outbreak

Agence France-Presse: WHO calls emergency meeting on yellow fever outbreak “The World Health Organization will hold an emergency meeting Thursday on the yellow fever outbreak that has hit hardest in Angola but risks spreading further if vaccinations are not ramped up…” (5/17). Los Angeles Times: Health officials to weigh declaring…

World Health Assembly To Address Flesh-Eating Disease Mycetoma

Global Health NOW: One More Chance for a Neglected Disease “On May 21, Dr. Ahmed Fahal will fly anxiously from Khartoum, Sudan to Geneva, Switzerland for the annual World Health Assembly. Twice before, he has left the assembly broken-hearted. Representatives from 194 countries gather at the WHA every year to…

Quality Data Essential To Eliminating Intestinal Worms

Devex: Using data to guide the way to eliminate intestinal worms David Addiss, director of Children Without Worms “…While usually not fatal, [soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH)] contributes to poor nutrition, stunting, anemia, impaired learning, and reduced lifetime earning potential — all of which keep people entrenched in a cycle of poverty.…

Collaborative Work To Eliminate Trachoma Continues In Mozambique

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: Q&A: How We Are Working To Rid Mozambique of A Blinding Disease In this Q&A, Sharone Backers, chief of party for ENVISION, a collaboration between Mozambique’s Ministry of Health, USAID, and other international partners, “discusses progress, challenges, partnerships, and what work is left” in eliminating trachoma in Mozambique…

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