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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…

Haiti’s Lymphatic Filariasis Program Makes Strides Toward Disease Elimination

CDC’s “Neglected Tropical Diseases”: Despite Earthquake, Lymphatic Filariasis Program in Haiti Is a Success This CDC blog post discusses efforts to eliminate lymphatic filariasis (LF) using a mass drug administration (MDA) strategy in Haiti. “…When the elimination program began, nearly half of people in the most affected areas were infected;…

WHO Approves MenAfriVac Vaccine For Use In Infants; Meningitis Vaccine Project Shutting Down After Vaccine’s Success In Africa

Reuters: Tailor-made vaccine set to banish Africa’s meningitis epidemics “…Barely five years after the team began rolling out a tailor-made vaccine in Africa’s ‘meningitis belt,’ the disease has all but disappeared there and the Meningitis Vaccine Project (MVP) is closing down after pioneering what may be a model for tackling…

MenAfriVac Helps Move Africa’s Sahel Toward Meningitis Elimination

Humanosphere: Vaccine on track to eliminate one of Africa’s most feared and deadly diseases — meningitis Tom Paulson, founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere, discusses progress toward eliminating meningitis in Africa’s Sahel region through the use of the MenAfriVac vaccine, which the WHO recently approved for use in infants (1/9).

More U.S., International R&D Funding Needed For Neglected Diseases, Experts Say

Humanosphere: U.S. sequester took big bite out of global research and development spending Humanosphere reporter Tom Murphy explores U.S. and international funding for global health research and development and neglected diseases. He includes comments from Mary Moran, executive director of Policy Cures; WHO Director-General Margaret Chan; and Mel Spigelman, president…

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…