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USAID’s Bureau For Global Health Awards Envision Project To RTI

Since the 2006 launch of USAID’s Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) Control Program, which is managed by RTI, “more than 447 million NTD treatments have been provided to more than 82 million people,” the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect” blog reports, adding, “To add to this success, USAID’s…

Virtual Platform For Intellectual Property Sharing Aims To Speed Development Of Drug Treatments

“The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) launched a consortium on Wednesday that would allow the public and private sector to share intellectual property to promote the development of new drugs to treat diseases such as malaria,” Reuters reports (10/26). “Under the agreement between [WIPO], … the companies and the non-profit BIO Ventures for Global Health (BVGH), public and private sector organizations will share valuable intellectual property (IP) and expertise with the global health research community on WIPO Re:Search, a virtual platform,” the U.N. News Centre writes (10/26).

Report Showcases High Burden Of NTDs In India, South Asia

The open-access journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases on Tuesday “published a comprehensive report showcasing the disproportionately high burden of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in India and South Asia,” the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Disease’s “End the Neglect” blog reports. “These diseases of poverty continue to plague the 1.5 billion people…

World Health Summit Provides Platform To Discuss Incorporating NTDs Into MDGs

In anticipation of next week’s 2011 World Health Summit in Berlin, Germany, Neeraj Mistry, managing director of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Disease, recaps gains in the treatment and prevention of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) around the world through the commitment of the U.S., the U.K. and other G8…

NGO Helen Keller International Battles Lymphatic Filariasis In Sierra Leone

In this post in the Global Health Frontline News (GHFN) “Notes from the Field” blog, GHFN Managing Editor David Lindsay, who recently traveled to Sierra Leone to cover a drug distribution campaign for lymphatic filariasis (LF) and river blindness, reports on how the non-governmental organization Helen Keller International is working to educate…

Brazil To Become World Supplier Of Chagas Disease Treatment

“Brazil is keen to take part in the international effort to expand access to medicines and to produce its own drugs, and will start by becoming the world supplier of medicines to treat Chagas disease,” Health Minister Alexandre Padilha announced “at the World Conference on Social Determinants of Health, which opened Tuesday October 19 in Rio de Janeiro,” Inter Press Service reports. “Production of benznidazole, the drug in question, will reach 3.4 million tablets by the end of this year,” the news service writes.

Bringing NTDs To The Forefront Of The Global Health Agenda

In this “End the Neglect” blog post, Neeraj Mistry, managing director of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, reports on the global burden of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in anticipation of the World Health Summit set to take place from October 23 to 26 in Berlin, Germany. He writes,…

Climate Change Could Be Detrimental To Global Health, Conference Attendees Say

Environmental health experts, scientists and government officials attending a conference in London sponsored by the British Medical Journal on Monday “issued a statement warning that climate change could not only bring a global health catastrophe but could threaten global stability and security as well, a journal release said,” reports (10/17).

Funding For NCDs Doesn't Have To Come At The Expense Of NTDs

In this “End the Neglect” blog post, Alanna Shaikh, a writer for U.N. Dispatch, writes that while “[a]t first glance, the new focus on cardiovascular and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) looks like trouble for the funding for things like neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) … that conflict is mostly superficial. NCDs and NTDs have much more in common than their initials.”