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School-Based Initiative To Treat Children At Risk Of Parasitic Worms Begins In Ethiopia

Reuters: Ethiopia launches school program to treat parasitic worms “Ethiopia is launching a national initiative in schools this year to treat children at risk of infection from parasitic worms, mirroring a program in Kenya which has improved child health and school attendance, a charity involved said. Ethiopia aims to treat…

‘Coordinated, Integrated Response’ Will Accelerate Efforts To Eliminate Intestinal Worms, Undernutrition Among Children

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Linking Nutrition and Deworming Interventions for Improved Child Growth and Development Clayton Ajello, senior technical adviser for Vitamin Angels, David Addiss, director of Children Without Worms, and Neeraj Mistry, managing director of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, write, “… By focusing…

GHIT Fund Helping Pharmaceutical Companies To Develop NTD Treatments

Japan Times: Japanese drugmakers addressing neglected tropical diseases, and not just out of altruism “…A total of one billion people are currently infected with NTDs, a major obstacle to development in poorer countries. To address the problem, the Global Health Innovative Technology (GHIT) Fund, a Japan-initiated organization, assists in the…

Chikungunya Spreads Throughout Americas

CNN: The debilitating outbreak sweeping the Americas “…This was the first outbreak of the debilitating disease [chikungunya] in the Western Hemisphere, health officials said. All countries in Central America have now reported local transmission of chikungunya (pronounced chik-un-GOON-ya), and the United States had 11 confirmed cases of local infection this…

Coalition Partners Working To Eliminate Soil-Transmitted Helminthiasis

Huffington Post: Uniting to Stop the Worms David Addiss, director of Children Without Worms “…At the second anniversary of the London Declaration on NTDs in April 2014, nine partners added pledges of over US$120 million toward [soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH)] control and prevention and helped establish the STH Coalition — now…

$100M For NTDs Included In FY15 Spending Bill

Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End The Neglect”: Congress Approves $100 Million for NTD Funding! Alex Gordon, communications associate for the Global Network and the Sabin Vaccine Institute, writes, “…We were very happy to hear that Congress approved $100 million for NTD funding in fiscal year (FY) 2015 and…

Private Financial Backing, Strong Coordination Can Help Eliminate NTDs

The Guardian: Pills, philanthropy, and parasitic worms Ellen Agler, chief executive, and Warren Lancaster, senior vice president of program, both at the End Fund “…The global movement to end NTDs has seen significant momentum in recent years. One of the most promising aspects of this is that new partners have…

USAID Grants $10M To DNDi For NTD Drug R&D

Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative: DNDi Receives US$ 10 Million from USAID to Develop New Drugs for Neglected Filaria Patients “The Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) has been awarded US$ 10 million by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to develop new treatments for onchocerciasis (river blindness)…