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500K Chikungunya Cases Detected In Dominican Republic

Associated Press/ABC News: Virus Tally Nears 500,000 in Dominican Republic “The mosquito-borne virus known as chikungunya has sickened nearly 500,000 people in the Dominican Republic, including 109 newborn babies, an official with the Caribbean country’s health ministry said Friday…” (9/19).

South-South Cooperation Can Help Communities Eliminate NTDs

Devex: South-South cooperation: Protecting indigenous peoples from NTDs Mirta Roses Periago, special envoy for the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases and former director of the Pan American Health Organization “Last week, the international development community celebrated the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation, an opportunity for stakeholders to examine…

Blog Posts Discuss Impacts Of Ebola In West Africa

Several blog posts address the social and economic impacts of the Ebola outbreak on West Africa. ONE blog: Ebola’s economic side effects may kill more people than the virus Helene Gayle, president and CEO of CARE USA, writes, “We need to understand Ebola’s deadly economic and social side effects –…

Al Jazeera’s ‘Lifelines’ Highlights NTDs

Global Network for Neglected Tropical Disease’s “End The Neglect”: Al Jazeera’s Documentary Series Highlights Neglected Tropical Diseases “…Lifelines, a global health television series produced by Al Jazeera with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, highlights the efforts of global health workers and professionals who are vigorously working to…

GHIT Fund Announces $15.3M Investment To Tackle Malaria, Chagas, Dengue

Global Health Innovative Technology Fund: Seven New Grant Investments for $15.3 Million to Tackle Malaria, Chagas Disease and Dengue, which is Dramatically on the Rise “The Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT Fund), a new public health partnership that is bringing Japanese know-how and investment to the global fight against…

Ebola Outbreak Spurs Rise In Search For Treatment, Vaccine, Other Tropical Disease R&D

News outlets report on the search for an effective Ebola treatment. The Economist: Fast-tracking treatments “…The scale of the present [Ebola] outbreak, together with the fear and suffering it is causing, has resulted in a burst of scientific activity to find new treatments and vaccines. Some of these medicines look…

Ebola Highlights Necessity To Develop NTD Treatments

Reuters: Ebola highlights slow progress in war on tropical diseases “Some of the world’s most gruesome diseases are finally getting a bit of attention. The worst-ever Ebola outbreak, which has already killed at least 2,296 people in West Africa, has triggered a scramble to develop the first drug or vaccine…

S. Sudan’s Cholera Crisis Declines, But Malaria, Parasitic Disease Spike, MSF Says

Thomson Reuters Foundation: No respite for South Sudan: cholera down but malaria, parasitic disease up: MSF “South Sudan’s cholera crisis is waning but humanitarian workers are now battling increased cases of malaria and the parasitic disease kala azar, with children most affected…” (Migiro, 8/29).

PLOS Discusses VL-HIV Co-Infection, Releases Collection Of Papers

PLOS “Speaking of Medicine”: Visceral leishmaniasis-HIV co-infection: Time for Concerted Action Johan van Griensven, an internist and clinical epidemiologist at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp-Belgium, announces the launch of the Visceral Leishmaniasis-HIV Collection, a set of papers published by PLOS on VL-HIV co-infection that will be expanded over…

Partnership, Coordination Will Strengthen NTD Elimination Programs In Nigeria

Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End The Neglect”: Going Beyond Cooperation: Why it’s Critical for NTD Control and Elimination in Nigeria Benjamin Nwobi, resident program adviser for RTI International and the ENVISION project in Nigeria, and Sunday Isiyaku, country director for Sightsavers in Nigeria and lead for the UNITED…