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Paper Examines Next Steps For Addressing NTDs Under Sustainable Development Agenda

PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases: What Is Next for NTDs in the Era of the Sustainable Development Goals? In this paper, James Smith and Emma Michelle Taylor, both of the Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh, “reflect on the NTD lobby’s efforts to gain traction in the wide-ranging…

Blog Post Addresses Global Increase In Vector-Borne Neglected Tropical Disease Incidence

PLOS Blogs’ “Speaking of Medicine”: What’s with these Vector-borne Neglected Tropical Diseases? “Peter Hotez and Serap Aksoy, co-editors in chief of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, contemplate the recent rises in various vector-borne NTDs around the world…” The authors write, “A take-home lesson is that, to understand complicated occurrences such as…

Syrian Civil War Allows Cutaneous Leishmaniasis Outbreak To Take Hold

NPR: ‘The Aleppo Evil’ Is Making A Comeback “…The disease, now known as Old World cutaneous leishmaniasis, or CL, is not unique to Syria. It’s found in parts of the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and southern Europe, according to the Centers for Disease Control. But ever since Syria’s civil war…

NPR’s TED Radio Hour Examines Guinea Worm Eradication Efforts

NPR: How Are Health Workers Putting An End To Guinea Worms? In this TED Radio Hour show, “Professor Richard Thaler returns to the show to talk about how a nudge has essentially eradicated guinea worm disease in Africa. … Thaler’s 2008 bestseller, Nudge, (co-written with Cass Sunstein) explores how concepts…

Treating Female Genital Schistosomiasis Could Help Prevent HIV Among Women, Girls In Africa, Research Suggests

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Preventing HIV through treatment of neglected tropical diseases could save billions In a guest post, Paul Henry Brodish of MEASURE Evaluation discusses research showing that “[a]mong girls and women [in Africa], genital schistosomiasis increases the likelihood of later infection with HIV” and suggests “that…

Some Malaria Prevention Methods Would Also Help Reduce Spread Of Zika Virus

U.N. Dispatch: What can the fight against malaria teach us about Zika? Blogger and international development professional Alanna Shaikh discusses malaria prevention methods and their effectiveness, including insecticide-treated bednets, which Shaikh says also could help prevent Zika infection (6/10).

WHO Member Nations Pass Resolution To Add Mycetoma To NTD List

Global Health NOW: Attention Finally for a Neglected Disease “By the time mycetoma — a terrifying and obscure tropical infection — reached the discussion floor of the World Health Assembly at the end of last week, most officials had flown home. … [I]t was Ahmed Fahal, the Sudanese director of…

WHO To Convene Emergency Meeting On Angolan Yellow Fever Outbreak

Agence France-Presse: WHO calls emergency meeting on yellow fever outbreak “The World Health Organization will hold an emergency meeting Thursday on the yellow fever outbreak that has hit hardest in Angola but risks spreading further if vaccinations are not ramped up…” (5/17). Los Angeles Times: Health officials to weigh declaring…

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