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Yaws Can Be Eradicated By 2020 With Sufficient Funding, Political Will, Researchers Say

Reuters: Diseases affecting the poorest can be eliminated, scientists say “It is a little known disease but it could make medical history if scientists’ predictions are correct: yaws could completely disappear by 2020, given the right resources. … It should be easy to eradicate, because scientists have found that a…

Innovation, Integrated Interventions Needed To Tackle NTDs

Devex: What not to neglect in tackling NTDs “…[Dirk Engels, head of WHO’s NTD department,] suggested turning to innovative financing streams such as development impact bonds or performance-based financing. … But he cautioned against limiting innovation to mobilizing resources. Further, the global health community shouldn’t fixate on targeting diseases individually,…

WHO Urges Governments To Scale Up Investment In Efforts Against NTDs

Media outlets discuss a new WHO report, titled “Investing to overcome the global impact of neglected tropical diseases.” Agence France-Presse: WHO urges billions to fight neglected tropical diseases “The World Health Organization on Thursday urged countries to invest billions of dollars to tackle 17 neglected tropical diseases — including dengue…

Indian Campaign Aims To Eliminate Elephantiasis

Huffington Post: Historic Health Push Aims To Wipe Out Elephantiasis, Disease That Causes Intense Social Stigma And Pain “…India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare recently unveiled its mission to launch the largest mass drug administration in history to eliminate elephantiasis, a condition that leads to inescapable social stigma in…

Blog Post Examines Efforts To Develop Chagas Disease Treatments

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: Chagas disease: A silent kiss and a neglected killer “In this guest post, Isabela Ribeiro, MD, head of the Chagas program at the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), discusses the devastating toll of Chagas and ongoing efforts to develop new treatments and drug regimens…

NTDs Must Be Eliminated To End Hunger, Improve Education, Advocacy Group Says

Reuters: World must tackle neglected diseases to end hunger “Attempts to end global hunger and improve education are being hampered by a little known group of diseases that affect the world’s poorest and must be tackled too, [Marianne Comparet, director of the London-based International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases,] said…”…

More Than 700K Children Treated For Intestinal Worms In Vietnam

Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect”: Success in Vietnam: More than 700,000 School Children Treated! Alex Gordon, communications associate for the Global Network and the Sabin Vaccine Institute, writes, “Over the span of two months, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health, together with World Vision Australia, treated more than…

India Launching Campaigns To Combat Soil-Transmitted Helminths, Elephantiasis

Humanosphere: India launches campaigns against two neglected diseases “The Indian government is undertaking two major campaigns in the span of one month to protest hundreds of millions of Indians against soil-transmitted helminths and lymphatic filariasis — or worms and elephantiasis, respectively. … The goal: that some 140 million people will…