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Efforts To Eliminate Human African Trypanosomiasis See Successes, Challenges, Guardian Reports

The Guardian examines international efforts to eliminate human African trypanosomiasis, commonly known as sleeping sickness, which “remains endemic in 36 sub-Saharan African countries today, putting some 70 million people at risk.” The newspaper continues, “Elimination efforts have seen developments on multiple fronts: a strong health system in place for early…

DNDi Recognizes 10th Anniversary

The Financial Times profiles the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi), which is recognizing its 10th anniversary this month. “DNDi has delivered six treatments for neglected diseases and has 12 ‘new chemical entities’ under development,” the newspaper writes, adding, “At €183 million [$252 million] spent to date, that translates into…

LMICs’ R&D Funding For Neglected Diseases Remains Low, Report Says

“Developing nations’ research and development (R&D) funding for neglected diseases remains low, despite hopes that emerging economies would provide new funding streams, according to a major annual report published [Wednesday],” SciDev.Net reports. “Low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) provided only four percent of public funding for such R&D in 2012, the…

Online Conversation Addresses Treatment Access, Development For NTDs

The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End The Neglect” blog highlights an online conversation about neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) featured on the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) website. Neeraj Mistry, managing director for the Global Network, was a contributor (Cavino, 12/17). A complete list of contributors and…

PLOS Article Examines NTDs In Post-2015 Development Agenda

The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ (NTDs) “End The Neglect” blog discusses a recent PLOS NTDs article, in which “James Smith and Emma Michelle Taylor discuss why NTDs should be included in the post-2015 development agenda and highlight the advances made in NTD funding and recognition in spite of…

Renewed Violence In South Sudan Could Cause Cessation Of NTD Programs

Huffington Post: South Sudan’s Forgotten People and Their Forgotten Diseases Peter Hotez, founding dean, National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine; president, Sabin Vaccine Institute “Based on a past and horrific legacy, the renewed hostilities in South Sudan could portend a public health crisis from neglected tropical diseases.…

Number Of Dengue Deaths In Malaysia Double In 2013

Wall Street Journal: Dengue Deaths Up in Malaysia “Deaths from dengue in Malaysia shot up [in 2013], doubling that of 2012, as the tropical country battles with a raging mosquito-borne virus that claims hundreds of lives annually in Southeast Asia…” (Gangopadhyay, 12/28).

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…