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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…

7 ‘Achievable But Ambitious’ NTD Goals For 2015

Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect”: A Wish List for 2015: 7 Achievable Victories in the fight against Neglected Tropical Diseases Mirta Roses Periago, former director of the Pan American Health Organization, outlines her “wish list” for 2015, which “includes seven achievable yet ambitious victories for the…

Congress Should Fix FDA Neglected Disease Drug Voucher Program’s Flaws

PLOS “Speaking of Medicine”: FDA Voucher for Leishmaniasis Treatment: Can Both Patients and Companies Win? Bernard Pécoul, executive director of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), and Manica Balasegaram, executive director of the MSF Access Campaign, discuss how flaws in the FDA Priority Review Voucher (PRV) program have rewarded…

Carter Foundation On Track To Eradicate Guinea Worm Disease Worldwide

The Atlantic: The Second Disease Ever Eradicated “…[G]lobally, there are only 126 cases left [of Guinea worm], [former President Jimmy] Carter announced this week during the unveiling of a new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, called Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease. … Though most…