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NTDs Have ‘Devastating Consquences’ For 1 Out Of 6 People Worldwide

“There are so many things we take for granted in America. One of them is that our children are not regularly infected by one of the tropical diseases so common among the world’s poorest people,” Richard Besser, ABC News’ chief health and medical editor, writes in an ABC News opinion…

USAID Releases New Issue Of ‘FrontLines’

The March/April issue of USAID’s “FrontLines” focuses on access to safe water and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). In his “Insights” column, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah writes, “While we have seen tremendous progress — halving the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water since 1990 — we still…

VOA News Reports On Pilot Program Against Lymphatic Filariasis In Nigeria

VOA News reports on “a new public health strategy, tested in Nigeria,” which is “raising hopes” that the tropical disease known as lymphatic filariasis (LF), or elephantiasis, can be eliminated. “The Nigeria Ministry of Health and the Carter Center, a philanthropic research institute established by former US. President Jimmy Carter,…

Documentary Film Examines Chagas Disease In Argentina

Al Jazeera’s “Witness” features a documentary film that examines Chagas disease, which “affects more than 15 million people worldwide, most of them in Latin America, and may kill as many as 50,000 each year,” the news service writes. Filmmaker Ricardo Preve, who grew up in Argentina, “decided to use my…

Opinions: Kangaroo Care; NTDs, Women’s Health

Kangaroo Care Could Help Mothers In Poor Settings To Save Their Babies New York Times contributing writer Tina Rosen, on the newspaper’s “Opinionator” blog, examines the success of a system known as kangaroo care, which has helped to improve the survival rates of premature infants by using skin-to-skin contact with…

Also In Global Health News: Malaria Vaccine; Brazil’s Progress Toward MDGs; Malnutrition In Guatemala; Treatments For Kala-Azar

PATH, Merck, NYU To Work Together On Development Of Vaccine To Keep Malaria Parasite From Entering Liver The PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative (MVI), pharmaceutical company Merck and New York University’s Langone Medical Center on Tuesday announced they were collaborating “to develop a vaccine capable of preventing the malaria parasite from…

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