Author Archives: End the Neglect

West Wing Characters Learn Seven Facts about NTDs

In honor of NTD Awareness Week, and to rally for Thursday’s NTD Advocacy Day, we present the below listicle for your enjoyment. 1. Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a group of parasitic and bacterial diseases that affect the world’s poorest people. Without treatment, they can lead to lifelong disabilities and suffering. But NTD treatment programs […]

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Tune in for a Live Chat on River Blindness

On Friday, January 22 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. ET, NPR’s global development and health blog, Goats and Soda, will host a Twitter chat on river blindness with Dr. Neeraj Mistry, managing director of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases. The chat follows two stories about river blindness from NPR correspondent Jason Beaubien. Listen to […]

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Four Years of END7

Four years ago we launched the END7 campaign and asked people to join the fight against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Thanks to your support, we’ve come a long way. Donate now to help us do even more in 2016.

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Upholding Germany’s Historic Commitment to Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases

by Peter J. Hotez and Neeraj Mistry The German Bundestag has an opportunity to make unprecedented commitments toward the treatment and prevention of the world’s most common poverty-related diseases — a group of debilitating infections known as the neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). They include ancient scourges linked to poverty such as elephantiasis, river blindness, blinding […]

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Lymphatic Filariasis: Why mainstream media must take note

by Navneet Anand and Anuradha Singh, GreyMatters Communications Recently Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases (GNNTD) partnered with us at GreyMatters Communications to run a media awareness program on Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) in India. We took a group of journalists to two affected villages in Odisha to provide them exposure about the problem as well […]

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Eliminating Lymphatic Filariasis in Odisha

by Dr. Madan Mohan Pradhan During the late 1990s, I was infected with lymphatic filariasis (LF), or elephantiasis, a neglected tropical disease (NTD) that can cause extreme pain, crippling disability and disfigurement. LF is one of 17 NTDs recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a group of parasitic and bacterial infections, which primarily […]

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Introducing Jessica Ellis, November’s END7 Student of the Month

Each month, END7 honors one student who has made a significant contribution to our growing movement of student advocates dedicated to seeing the end of NTDs. We are very proud to introduce our November 2015 Student of the Month, Jessica Ellis, a sophomore biology major at the University of Texas at Austin. Jessica is the […]

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National Filaria Week: Campaign to treat lymphatic filariasis may be one of India’s last

This week, the Indian government is leading one of the largest mass drug administrations (MDAs) to eliminate lymphatic filariasis (LF), a debilitating disease that threatens nearly 352 million people in India. Also known as elephantiasis, or hathipaon in Hindi, LF causes swelling in the limbs and reproductive system. LF also causes acute pain, thickening of […]

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Nobel Honors for Medicine Elevate NTD Elimination to the Next Level

by Baroness Helene Hayman In an age when sophisticated medical breakthroughs routinely redefine what we once thought was possible, a humble set of pills serves as a reminder that low-tech heath interventions can have a massive impact on much of the world’s population, particularly those living in extreme poverty. Nearly 40 years ago, William C. […]

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Nobel Prize Awarded to Scientists Who Discovered NTD Medicine

Today the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to two scientists for the discovery of a drug that treats two common neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). William Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura were honored for their work developing a new class of anti-parasitic drugs. The prize was shared with Tu Youyou for her discovery of […]

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Oplan Goodbye Bulate: Philippines says goodbye to worms

The Philippines’ deworming campaign this year, Oplan Goodbye Bulate, was incredibly successful. More than 11 million children were dewormed in the campaign, beginning July 29, 2015, with most areas of the country reaching at least 75% of the children enrolled in public schools, the WHO recommended target for mass drug administrations (MDAs) for soil-transmitted helminths […]

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Eight Million Toilets and Counting

By Alice Carter Normally, we don’t like to talk about bathrooms. That is a private space that most of us would largely like to avoid thinking about. But on World Toilet Day, we give thanks for our sanitary facilities and celebrate the invention of the toilet, which has saved countless lives as a disease control […]

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Untouched: How 284 Liberian Communities Remained Ebola-Free

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By Piet deVries, Senior WASH Advisor, Global Communities Everything changed with Ebola. For four years, Global Communities had been busy creating access to safe sanitation for communities in Liberia, helping to fight the spread of disease and improve health outcomes. Utilizing Community-Led Total Sanitation, we were making consistent progress, beginning work through the USAID-funded Improved Water, Sanitation […]

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END7 Students Are Gearing Up for a Record-Breaking #GivingTuesday

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now we have Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back, celebrated each year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the United States (December 1 this year). Giving Tuesday was launched in 2012 by 92nd Street Y, a cultural center in […]

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