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Violence In South Sudan Affecting NTD Efforts

Epoch Times: South Sudan Crisis Threatens to Derail Tropical Disease Efforts James Smith and Pete Kingsley of the University of Edinburgh “…South Sudan — after half a century of intermittent conflict and underdevelopment — is unique in suffering from virtually all of the World Health Organization’s list of [neglected tropical…

NTD Prevention Efforts Overshadow Disease Morbidity Management

The Guardian: NTDs: disease control is about much more than drugs “One of the top three recommendations of the latest annual report of the U.K. Coalition Against NTDs is to ‘ensure that NTD control and elimination programs reflect the full range of care and include morbidity management and disability prevention…

Volunteer Physician Discusses Importance Of Funding For NTD Research

The Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs” blog interviews volunteer physician Brian D’Cruz, who has worked with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Congo Brazzaville and Central African Republic. D’Cruz discusses the “urgent need for USAID to support R&D for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) like sleeping sickness,” and he says that with…

‘End The Neglect’ Blog Examines Global Effort To Raise Awareness About Chagas Disease

The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect” blog examines the global effort to raise awareness about Chagas disease, or American trypanosomiasis, which “is one of the 17 neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) recognized by the [WHO].” The blog states, “Increased political attention is needed, particularly in Mexico and…

‘Science Speaks’ Blog Reports On New GHIT Grants

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports that the Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT) announced a $5.65 million grant to develop a vaccine for tuberculosis, along with other grants to develop drugs for neglected diseases (Barton, 3/20).

Small Investments In Cholera Research ‘May Lead To Large Savings’

Huffington Post: In the Time of Cholera Adam Levine, assistant professor of emergency medicine at Brown Medical School Cholera is “not something in which wealthy governments around the world invest much of their research dollars. … The situation is not completely bleak. New funders, such as the Bill & Melinda…

Venezuela Making Progress Toward Eliminating Onchocerciasis

“Less than a year after Colombia eliminated onchocerciasis from its borders, its neighboring country, Venezuela, is making similar strides in the fight against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). … The People’s Ministry of Health of Venezuela (MPPS) and the PAHO country office will now begin the three-year surveillance stage. If no…

U.N.-Backed Initiative Expands Efforts To Drive Medical Innovations For NTDs

U.N. News Centre: U.N.-backed initiative boosts knowledge-sharing to combat neglected tropical diseases “Announcing that more than 50 partners are now on board its partnership initiative to fight against neglected tropical diseases, tuberculosis, and malaria, the United Nations intellectual property agency today hailed the watershed achievement as a significant step towards…

New Research On Tsetse Fly Could Help Fight Sleeping Sickness

News outlets report on a study published by Science on the genes of the tsetse fly. Los Angeles Times: Blunting the tsetse fly’s deadly bite “…While Human African trypanosomiasis, or ‘sleeping sickness,’ has been declared a neglected tropical disease endemic to Sub Saharan Africa, new research is raising hopes that…

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