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Local Research Should Be Applied To NTD Efforts In Indonesia, Scientists Say

SciDev.net: Diseases could stymie Indonesia’s future growth “Now among the world’s twenty largest economies, Indonesia may encounter threats to its future growth owing to currently high rates of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) afflicting its citizens, a journal article warns…” (Rochmyaningsih, 3/18).

Blogs Discuss WASH In Recognition Of World Water Day

Courtney McGuire with the Children Without Worms and the International Trachoma Initiative writes in the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect” blog, “Saturday, March 22 is World Water Day—an important occasion not just for the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector, but for the neglected tropical disease (NTD)…

World Water Day Promotes Access To WASH

“…The adverse impact of dirty water and poor hygiene and sanitation reaches far beyond health. The diseases that stem from a lack of WASH keep children out of school and prevent parents from working, thereby decreasing human capital, worker productivity and gross domestic product. However, by addressing these diseases together…

New Regional Research Facility For Infectious Diseases Opens In Cambodia

Xinhua: New research facility for infectious diseases in Asia unveiled in Cambodia “France’s Institut Pasteur du Cambodge on Tuesday inaugurated a new facility [in Phnom Penh] for a regional research platform in Asia, focusing its research on infectious diseases in the region. …’The creation of the new facility at the…

Stigma Surrounding Leprosy Hindering Elimination Efforts In India

Associated Press: Stigma hinders efforts to combat leprosy in India “…The stigma of leprosy endures in India, even though the country has made great strides against the disease, which is neither highly contagious nor fatal. Now the number of new annual cases has risen slightly after years of steady decline,…

Pharma Companies Need Better Incentives, Innovation To Invest In Neglected Diseases

EurActiv.com: Pharma firms pressed to tackle neglected diseases in developing world “Poverty-related and neglected diseases (PRNDs) disproportionately affect the world’s poorest populations. Better incentives are needed for pharmaceutical companies to develop drugs, health campaigners say. Europe plays a critical role in developing new PRND products that are saving millions of…

NTDs Threaten Indonesia’s Economic Growth, Researchers Say

Wall Street Journal: Diseases Threaten Indonesia’s Economic Health “Indonesia’s high rate of economic growth could fall victim to its high rate of tropical disease, warns a study by a team of U.S.-based academics and disease experts from the World Health Organization. Published in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE, ‘An Emerging…

Campaign In Myanmar Making Progress Against NTDs

“Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) have a crippling affect on the people of Myanmar, one of the poorest countries in Asia. … Despite this, Myanmar is making progress in the fight against NTDs due in large part to an unprecedented and ambitious campaign that took place over just one week in…

G20 Nations Should Address NTDs To Boost Global GDP

“The group of 20 (G20) finance ministers meeting in Australia has just announced an ambitious initiative to boost the world’s gross domestic product (GDP) by at least $2 trillion over the next five years. … So far there has been no mention of health as a means to promote economic…

Dengue Deaths Surge In Malaysia; Citizens Urged To Drain Stagnant Water

Wall Street Journal: Dengue Deaths Soar in Malaysia “Reeling from a severe dengue outbreak, Malaysia has launched a community-driven neighborhood cleaning program to destroy breeding sites of Aedes mosquitoes that are responsible for spreading the virus. The initiative, launched on Sunday across 110 dengue hot spots, involves citizens and local…