Author Archives: End the Neglect

The Americas is One Step Closer to Eliminating Onchocerciasis

; Less than a year after Colombia eliminated onchocerciasis from its borders, its neighboring country, Venezuela, is making similar strides in the fight against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Earlier this month, we were excited to hear that Venezuela interrupted transmission of onchocerciasis in its last remaining focus area of the country – meaning Venezuela is […]

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Health Care Workforce Shortage=Failure to Meet MDGs

; Did you know 83 countries do not have enough health workers to meet the World Health Organization’s minimum standard to provide basic health services (No Health Without a Workforce, 2013)? The importance of the health workforce cannot be overstated and without concrete efforts from the international community to strengthen the frontline community of health […]

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Strengthening Supply Chains for NTDs through Partnerships

; Have you ever been curious about how the medicine to treat neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) reaches communities across the world? A new video from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) explains how establishing key partnerships and implementing evidence-based supply chain methods enables us to prevent and treat those that are suffering from NTDs across the globe. Through the […]

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Sabin Celebrates 20 Years of Operations with a Star-Studded Event

; This post originally appeared on the Sabin Vaccine Institute blog. In celebration of twenty years since its founding, the Sabin Vaccine Institute (Sabin) will bring together top leaders in the global health community for its 20th Anniversary Scientific Symposium on Friday, April 25 in Washington, DC. The program will include an impressive lineup of […]

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Towards a Less Wormy World

; By Nina Cromeyer Dieke* Nigeria is – by far – Africa’s most populous nation. It recently came to light that it is the continent’s biggest economy. It also has the highest burden of NTDs in all of Africa. Therefore, when an opportunity arose in late 2013 to run our GIS training course in Abuja, […]

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Connecting the Dots: Greater Integration between WASH and NTDs

; Over the past month, we’ve heard many times from the neglected tropical disease (NTD) and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) communities about the importance of cross-sector collaboration (see here and here). Momentum has especially been building, though, in the past two weeks. Just last week, as the part of events recognizing the second anniversary […]

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The Power of Partnerships: Increasing Investments in WASH for Poverty Reduction

; This week, the former President of the Republic of Ghana and the Global Network’s Special Envoy for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), John A. Kufuor, joined partners from the U.S. government, NGO community and private sector to discuss ways to increase access to improved water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Because NTDs many are transmitted through […]

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Rational Strategies with Heart – A Reflection on Uniting to Combat NTDs: A Conversation on…

; This is a guest post from Angelica Belli* What drives us forward is a combination of heart and head.” –Bill Gates, April 2nd  As a Human Rights and Humanitarian Action Masters student specializing in global health and African studies, having the opportunity to listen first hand to some of the actors that are so […]

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World Health Workers Week: Honoring the NTD Fighters

; Sierra Leone’s Kono district is home to some of the highest rates of schistosomiasis in the country. Nearly 2 million people here are infected by this painful and sometimes-deadly neglected tropical disease (NTD). Susan Matthews, a community health worker from Boroma village in Kono District, is on a mission to fight schistosomiasis in her […]

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World Health Day: The neglected diseases that plague 1 in 6

Today is World Health Day, and the global community is calling attention to the immense harm caused by diseases spread by  mosquitoes, sand flies and snails — also referred to as vector-borne diseases. As part of this effort, Global Network managing director, Neeraj Mistry, highlighted the debilitating effect of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in a […]

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Help Us Protect U.S. Funding for NTDs – a Cause Worth the Investment

; In January, we celebrated the largest increase in U.S. funding for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) since 2010.  Yet the party was cut short by the disappointing news that President Obama’s FY15 budget request recommended cutting NTD funding by more than 13%, down to just $86.5 million. Considering the great strides the United States Agency […]

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New Support for NTDs to Drive Progress Forward

; This afternoon, global health leaders convened in Paris to discuss progress made in the fight against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). The event, titled Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases: A Conversation on Progress, coincided with the release of a new report highlighting gains over the past two years. Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the […]

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Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases: A Conversation on Progress

; Two years ago, global health leaders convened in London to hold the most significant international meeting on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in history. The event galvanized major commitments from a diverse set of partners to eliminate or control 10 NTDs by 2020 – these commitments are now known as the London Declaration. This Wednesday […]

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Un-neglecting the Neglected

; From March 4th to 6th, 2014, The Ministry of Finance ran the “budget jam”; an online interactive session where they welcomed Nigerian Youth to discuss the 2014 budget and suggest new investment areas. This is a revised excerpt of a post sent in by Uzoma Nwankwo to the #budget2014jam. “Budget 2014 Jam: The Youth […]

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