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Field Tests For Chagas Disease Show Success In Study

New York Times: New Field Tests May Curb Kissing Bug Disease “Six different rapid diagnostic tests have proved reliable in detecting Chagas disease without having to wait for laboratory confirmation, according to a study by the medical charity Doctors Without Borders and the World Health Organization…” (McNeil, 7/7).

Ghana Making Strides To Reduce NTDs

END in Africa: Ghana launches NTD master plan, mass drug administration campaign, celebrates billionth NTD treatment “On Thursday, July 3, 2014, the Government of Ghana launched both its Ghana Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) master plan and its 2014 strategic mass drug administration (MDA) campaign, while also celebrating the One Billionth…

Chikungunya Cases Continue To Rise In Caribbean

News outlets discuss chikungunya, a mosquito-borne virus that is becoming prevalent in Latin America and the Caribbean. Associated Press: Virus strikes hard in Haiti’s crowded shantytowns “…This latest scourge in Haiti is chikungunya. It’s a rarely fatal but intensely painful mosquito-borne virus that has spread rapidly through the Caribbean and…

World Cup Nations Make Progress Against NTDs

Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End The Neglect”: 2014 FIFA World Cup Round of 16: Celebrating World Cup Teams Fighting NTDs The blog post recognizes six of the national soccer teams advancing to the Round of 16 in the World Cup and highlights the countries’ efforts in controlling and…

New Hookworm Vaccine Could Have ‘Tremendous Impact’ On World’s Poorest

Huffington Post: A New Malnutrition Vaccine for the World’s Poor Peter Hotez, founding dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, and Remko van Leeuwen, director of acquisitions at the Amsterdam Institute of Global Health and Development (AIGHD) Foundation and coordinator of the HOOKVAC consortium “…[A] report just released in…

Sierra Leone Successfully Reducing NTD Rates For 7 Reasons

The Guardian: 7 reasons why Sierra Leone is winning against neglected tropical diseases Mary Hodges, Sierra Leone country director for Helen Keller International “…While sustained funding from USAID is one explanation behind the country’s success, other countries like Nigeria, with strong funding and better resourced health sectors and public communications…

Devex Interviews NTD Experts On Shift To Elimination Strategy For River Blindness

Devex: The next steps to eliminate river blindness “Simon Bush, director of NTDs at SightSavers, and Helen Hamilton, NTDs policy adviser at the U.K.-based NGO, … shared with us a few insights on what will be the biggest challenges in [shifting onchocerciasis control] to an elimination strategy, how they plan…

World Bank, Partners Recognize Success In Controlling River Blindness

Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End The Neglect”: The World Bank and Partners Celebrate 40 Years of Success in Controlling River Blindness Today, “the World Bank, the World Health Organization (WHO), Merck and other partners will celebrate 40 years of success in controlling river blindness in Africa. … The…

Cuba Records First 6 Chikungunya Cases

Associated Press: Cuba confirms first 6 cases of chikungunya virus “Cuban health authorities on Wednesday confirmed the country’s first six cases of chikungunya fever, a debilitating, mosquito-borne virus that is suspected of afflicting tens of thousands across the Caribbean since its arrival in the region last year…” (Orsi, 6/18).