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Opinion Pieces, Editorial Address World Health Day Issues

The following opinion pieces and editorial discuss issues surrounding World Health Day, recognized on April 7 and this year focused on vector-borne diseases. CNN: World Health Day: The neglected diseases that plague 1 in 6 Neeraj Mistry, managing director of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases “…It’s easy to…

WHO Calls For Renewed Focus On Vector-Borne Diseases

Media sources report on WHO’s call for renewed focus on vector-borne disease control for World Health Day 2014, recognized on April 7. VOA News: Global Threat of Vector-borne Diseases Grows “The United Nations and international agencies are warning more than half the world’s population is at risk from the growing…

Devex Publishes Opinion Pieces As Part Of ‘She Builds’ Campaign

Devex publishes two opinion pieces as part of the “She Builds” campaign. Devex: A revolution without boundaries Ashley Judd, actress, humanitarian, ambassador and board member for PSI Judd outlines five goals, including ending child marriage and stopping gender-based violence, to help move gender equality forward. “…More than ever, women are…

Gates Foundation, World Bank, Other Donors Commit $240M To NTDs

News outlets discuss new funding efforts to tackle neglected tropical diseases, as well as a new report on access to treatments. Agence France-Presse: Hundreds of millions with tropical diseases lack treatment “At least 1.4 billion people worldwide require treatment for a group of ‘neglected’ tropical diseases and almost two-thirds are…

Blogs Discuss Challenges, Progress Made In NTD Efforts

The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End The Neglect” blog highlights an event that took place in Paris on Wednesday where global leaders convened to discuss progress made in NTD efforts. The event “coincided with the release of a new report highlighting gains over the past two years ……

World Health Day 2014 Focuses On Vector-Borne Diseases

Huffington Post: World Health Day Peter Hotez, president of Sabin Vaccine Institute, Texas Children’s Hospital endowed chair in tropical pediatrics, and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine “This year on World Health Day — Monday, April 7 — the World Health Organization (WHO) is emphasizing the prevention and…

Political Commitment, Global Support Can Bring NTD Treatments To Those In Need

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Richard Hatzfeld, communications director at the Sabin Vaccine Institute, discusses a Kenyan family affected by neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and “captured in a short video from END7, a campaign of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases.”…

Public, Private Firms Investing In African Health, Manufacturing, R&D

Media sources discuss recent efforts by public and private entities to invest in African health, manufacturing, and research and development. Financial Times: Drugmakers learn to blend commerce with philanthropy in Africa “Africa has rarely been a source of good publicity for big pharma. But two events this week suggest the…

BBC News Explores Five Diseases Spread By Mosquitoes

BBC News: Humanity’s global battle with mosquitoes “All over the world we cannot escape mosquito bites — and the diseases they carry. An epidemic of chikungunya — a viral disease carried by daytime-biting mosquitoes — is currently raging in the Caribbean. There are more than 5,900 suspected cases affecting almost…

Better Coordination, Incentive Needed For WHO Framework On Neglected Disease R&D

Nature: WHO: Steering plans for neglected diseases Bernard Pécoul of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative, and Manica Balasegaram of Médecins Sans Frontières In an earlier Nature opinion piece, “Mary Moran criticizes plans by the World Health Organization (WHO) for tackling neglected diseases in the developing world. Her arguments are…