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Global Network For NTDs Special Envoys Urge U.N. To Include NTDs In Post-2015 Development Goals

Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect”: Special Envoys Urge the Inclusion of NTDs within the Sustainable Development Goals “…Even though NTDs were included in the Outcome Document of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG) in 2014, they are not specifically mentioned in [U.N. Secretary-General…

Group Urges Countries To Abolish Discriminatory Laws Affecting People With Leprosy

Reuters: Laws deny leprosy sufferers right to work, travel, marry: study “…Around 20 countries, including India, Thailand, and Nepal, have or continue to pass laws that discriminate against people with leprosy, the International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations (ILEP) said ahead of World Leprosy Day on Sunday. … The U.N. adopted…

7 ‘Achievable But Ambitious’ NTD Goals For 2015

Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect”: A Wish List for 2015: 7 Achievable Victories in the fight against Neglected Tropical Diseases Mirta Roses Periago, former director of the Pan American Health Organization, outlines her “wish list” for 2015, which “includes seven achievable yet ambitious victories for the…

Congress Should Fix FDA Neglected Disease Drug Voucher Program’s Flaws

PLOS “Speaking of Medicine”: FDA Voucher for Leishmaniasis Treatment: Can Both Patients and Companies Win? Bernard Pécoul, executive director of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), and Manica Balasegaram, executive director of the MSF Access Campaign, discuss how flaws in the FDA Priority Review Voucher (PRV) program have rewarded…

Carter Foundation On Track To Eradicate Guinea Worm Disease Worldwide

The Atlantic: The Second Disease Ever Eradicated “…[G]lobally, there are only 126 cases left [of Guinea worm], [former President Jimmy] Carter announced this week during the unveiling of a new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, called Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease. … Though most…

Haiti’s Lymphatic Filariasis Program Makes Strides Toward Disease Elimination

CDC’s “Neglected Tropical Diseases”: Despite Earthquake, Lymphatic Filariasis Program in Haiti Is a Success This CDC blog post discusses efforts to eliminate lymphatic filariasis (LF) using a mass drug administration (MDA) strategy in Haiti. “…When the elimination program began, nearly half of people in the most affected areas were infected;…

WHO Approves MenAfriVac Vaccine For Use In Infants; Meningitis Vaccine Project Shutting Down After Vaccine’s Success In Africa

Reuters: Tailor-made vaccine set to banish Africa’s meningitis epidemics “…Barely five years after the team began rolling out a tailor-made vaccine in Africa’s ‘meningitis belt,’ the disease has all but disappeared there and the Meningitis Vaccine Project (MVP) is closing down after pioneering what may be a model for tackling…

MenAfriVac Helps Move Africa’s Sahel Toward Meningitis Elimination

Humanosphere: Vaccine on track to eliminate one of Africa’s most feared and deadly diseases — meningitis Tom Paulson, founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere, discusses progress toward eliminating meningitis in Africa’s Sahel region through the use of the MenAfriVac vaccine, which the WHO recently approved for use in infants (1/9).