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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…

BRICS, G7 Nations Call Attention To NTDs, Should Uphold Commitments

Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect”: BRICS and G7 Countries Poised to Expand Access to NTD Treatments Alex Gordon, communications associate for the Global Network and the Sabin Vaccine Institute, writes, “…Recently, the Global Network was encouraged to see both the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China,…

GHIT Joins Gates Foundation In Grand Challenge Against NTDs, Pledges Initial $4M For Drug, Vaccine Development

SciDev.Net: Japan joins Gates’s Grand Challenge on tropical diseases “The Gates Foundation and Japan [on Thursday] launched a Grand Challenge to tackle neglected diseases, with an initial funding pledge of U.S. $4 million supplied jointly with Japanese companies. … The Tokyo-based Global Health Innovative Technology (GHIT) Fund, of which the [Gates…

Parliamentary Workshop In Germany Addresses NTDs

Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect”: Back in Berlin: NTD Discussions Advance Michelle Brooks, the Global Network’s policy director, discusses a recent parliamentary workshop in Germany hosted by the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases and the Sabin Vaccine Institute to raise awareness and increase support for…

Tsetse Fly Impacts Development In Africa, Working Paper Shows

Humanosphere: This insect is causing a lot of problems in Africa (and it’s not the mosquito) Humanosphere reporter Tom Murphy highlights the tsetse fly’s impact in Africa, as discussed in a working paper by Marcella Alsan. “…By taking a historical look at progress in Africa, economist [and physician] Marcella Alsan…

Global Network For NTDs Special Envoys Urge U.N. To Include NTDs In Post-2015 Development Goals

Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect”: Special Envoys Urge the Inclusion of NTDs within the Sustainable Development Goals “…Even though NTDs were included in the Outcome Document of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG) in 2014, they are not specifically mentioned in [U.N. Secretary-General…

Group Urges Countries To Abolish Discriminatory Laws Affecting People With Leprosy

Reuters: Laws deny leprosy sufferers right to work, travel, marry: study “…Around 20 countries, including India, Thailand, and Nepal, have or continue to pass laws that discriminate against people with leprosy, the International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations (ILEP) said ahead of World Leprosy Day on Sunday. … The U.N. adopted…