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Global Dispatches Podcast Discusses Global Burden Of NTDs With Peter Hotez

Global Dispatches Podcast: Episode 123: Dr. Peter Hotez Mark Leon Goldberg, editor of U.N. Dispatch and host of the Global Dispatches Podcast, speaks with Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, about his “new book called Blue Marble Health that offers evidence…

Southeast Asian Health Ministers, WHO Reaffirm Commitment To Achieving Goal Of Controlling, Eliminating NTDs

U.N. News Centre: U.N. and Southeast Asian health officials reaffirm commitment to ending neglected tropical diseases “Health ministers in Southeast Asia [Tuesday] reaffirmed their commitment to achieve the target of controlling, eliminating, and eradicating neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), with the United Nations health agency voicing its support for their efforts…”…

India’s Government To Launch First-Ever Leprosy Vaccine, Developed In-Country

The Guardian: India rolls out world’s first leprosy vaccine as fight goes on ‘war footing’ “…Today India accounts for more than 60 percent of the world’s new leprosy cases and health officials have quietly moved to a ‘war footing’ against it, one senior researcher says. This week the government announced…

Yellow Fever Outbreak In Angola, DRC Not Public Health Emergency But Remains Serious, WHO Says

CIDRAP News: WHO: Yellow fever not a public health emergency “[Wednesday] the World Health Organization (WHO) held its second emergency committee meeting on yellow fever under the International Health Regulations and said the current outbreak in West Africa still does not constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)…”…

Snakebites Growing Public Health Concern, Affecting About 5M People Worldwide Annually

Nature: Vipers, mambas, and taipans: the escalating health crisis over snakebites “…Snakebites are a growing public health crisis. According to the World Health Organization, around five million people worldwide are bitten by snakes each year; more than 100,000 of them die and as many as 400,000 endure amputations and permanent…

Guinea Worm Eradication Efforts Complicated By Infections Among Dogs, Experts Say

STAT: Guinea worm, on the brink of eradication, puts up a surprisingly stubborn fight “The eradication of Guinea worm, thought to have been within grasp, is now at least several years away because of a major setback in the North African country of Chad, according to global health experts and…

NPR Examines Efforts To Eliminate River Blindness

NPR: How Worm Warriors Are Beating An Unbeatable Worm “How do you get rid of river blindness? It’s all about the worm. … But that cycle of transmission and infection is so complex that until recently, many experts believed elimination as a goal was unattainable. Now the World Health Organization…

Continuous Support For Mass Treatment Could Lead To River Blindness Eradication

Los Angeles Times: Can river blindness enter the elite club of eradicated diseases? Matshidiso Moeti, WHO’s regional director for Africa “…Completely eliminating onchocerciasis [also referred to as river blindness] from all areas where it is known to exist would take the world to an extremely rare place: disease eradication. ……

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