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NPR Examines Efforts To Eliminate River Blindness

NPR: How Worm Warriors Are Beating An Unbeatable Worm “How do you get rid of river blindness? It’s all about the worm. … But that cycle of transmission and infection is so complex that until recently, many experts believed elimination as a goal was unattainable. Now the World Health Organization…

Continuous Support For Mass Treatment Could Lead To River Blindness Eradication

Los Angeles Times: Can river blindness enter the elite club of eradicated diseases? Matshidiso Moeti, WHO’s regional director for Africa “…Completely eliminating onchocerciasis [also referred to as river blindness] from all areas where it is known to exist would take the world to an extremely rare place: disease eradication. ……

USAID Announces First-Round Winners In Combating Zika Grand Challenge

Science Speaks: From a human-scented mosquito trap to rapid diagnostics, USAID funds research and development against Zika “A research center in Tanzania will develop inexpensive sandals treated to ward off mosquito bites. Investigators at Johns Hopkins will create a human-scented trap to lure mosquitoes. In Sao Paolo, Brazil, inventors will…

PolitiFact Examines Bill Clinton’s Statements On Hillary Clinton’s Efforts To Increase Number Of People On HIV Treatment Under PEPFAR

PolitiFact: Bill Clinton: Hillary tripled AIDS treatment without spending more “…Bill Clinton said [during his Democratic convention speech that] when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, she tripled the number of people with AIDS whose ‘lives are being saved,’ and it didn’t cost taxpayers any more money. Clinton took some…

WHO, Partners Continue Yellow Fever Vaccination, Prevention Efforts In Angola, DRC

U.N. News Centre: Measures to control yellow fever still needed despite drop in number of cases — U.N. health agency “The United Nations health agency and its partners are continuing their programs against yellow fever outbreaks even though the epidemic, first reported in January 2016, appears to be declining, with…

Guinea Worm Eradication Efforts Hampered By Infections Among Dogs, Scientists Say

NPR: Why The World Isn’t Close To Eradicating Guinea Worm “…[N]ow it looks like Guinea worm might not need people, says Mark Eberhard, a scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who just got back from Chad to assess the dog situation. ‘It looks like dogs can drive…

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