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Chikungunya Fever Detected In Caribbean

Scientific American: Mosquitoes Carry Yet Another Tropical Disease toward the U.S. “It began last October, with a simple mosquito bite on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin. … By mid-December, two dozen cases of the viral disease had been confirmed. More than 1,000 cases have since scattered across the Caribbean…

London Declaration On NTDs Galvanizing Support To End Infections

“…Two years ago this week, leaders from across the public and private sectors came together to endorse the London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases, joining hands to pool their knowledge and resources to protect children and families around the world from 10 neglected tropical diseases, including [soil-transmitted helminths (STH)],” Nancy…

Global Community Progressing On Challenge Of Ending 10 NTDs By 2020

January 30 “is the second anniversary of the London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) — the largest coordinated effort against NTDs to date,” Alex Gordon, a communications associate with the Sabin Vaccine Institute, writes in the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect” blog. “This week we’re…

EurActiv Interviews WHO Expert About Progress Against NTDs

EurActiv: Funding for ‘neglected’ tropical diseases goes from ‘rags to riches’ “Dengue fever, chikungunya and other ‘neglected tropical diseases’ have attracted growing media attention — and international funding — as global warming helped them spread to Europe. But money isn’t everything, especially for deprived populations in Africa’s remote regions that…

Recovering From Typhoon, Philippines On Alert To Prevent Infectious Diseases

IRIN: Philippines on watch for infectious disease outbreaks “Health officials are on alert to prevent the spread of infectious diseases in areas stricken by Typhoon Haiyan. ‘During this time of year, we can expect heavy rains and stagnant water from floods to become a cause for a possible increase in…

Funding For USAID NTD Program Increased In U.S. FY14 Budget

A post in the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect” blog examines the potential impact of increased U.S. funding for NTD programs. In the federal FY 2014 budget, “[f]unding for USAID’s NTD Program was ramped up from $85.5 million ($89 million less five percent for sequestration) to…

Coalition Aims To Give Voice To Millions Of People Living With Chagas In The Americas

Huffington Post: Chagas Disease: Urgent Measures Are Needed Peter Hotez, founding dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine “…[T]oday approximately 100 million people in the Western Hemisphere also live on less than $2 per day. About 10 percent of these ‘bottom 100 million’ currently live with a serious and…

Philippines To Use New Freezer For Vaccination Programs

Wall Street Journal’s “Southeast Asia Real Time”: Philippines Works to Freeze Spread of Childhood Diseases “…On Wednesday the Philippine government’s Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, or RITM, will get [a] new walk-in freezer, which will be used to store vaccines for various viruses, measles included. The institute, located south of…

Elimination Of NTDs, Poverty Go ‘Hand-In-Hand’

Ashley Schmidt, program and operations associate for the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases at the Sabin Vaccine Institute, writes in the “End The Neglect” blog, “Not only are [neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)] found in what I like to call ‘poverty pockets’ in our society, but these diseases keep people…

Scientists In Senegal Make Progress In Preventing Schistosomiasis

Al Jazeera: Scientists make breakthrough on bilharzia “A parasitic disease known as bilharzia, or schistosomiasis, has infected more than 200 million people, but scientists in northern Senegal say they have made a breakthrough in treating it…” (Haque, 1/24).