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A New Report Reveals What is behind Maharashtra State’s Reduction in Stunting

; In 2005, an alarming 39 percent of children were stunted in Maharashtra state, the second largest state in India with a population of over 100 million people. By 2012, a survey revealed that this number dropped to 24 percent among children under the age of two. A recent report published by the Institute of […]

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Acute Malnutrition: An Everyday Emergency

; As part of World Humanitarian Day, Sabrina de Souza, Nutrition Advocacy Coordinator at RESULTS UK, part of the ACTION Partnership, highlights severe acute malnutrition (SAM) — a type of malnutrition that often occurs alongside humanitarian crises, but increasingly in non-emergency settings as well. While acute malnutrition can be treated with energy-dense, micronutrient-enriched foods, efforts […]

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The Role of Worms in Malnutrition

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; In impoverished communities worldwide, children and pregnant women are especially vulnerable to malnutrition, anemia, impaired cognitive and physical development, and pregnancy complications. As a result, they remain trapped in poverty, facing the socioeconomic consequences of decreased productivity and an inability to work or go to school because of their poor health. But the reason […]

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Haiti’s National Program for the Elimination of Lympathic Filariasis Prevails Despite…

; Haiti has made remarkable progress against lymphatic filariasis (LF), a disfiguring and stigmatizing neglected tropical disease (NTD), despite facing many challenges. A recently published PLOS NTDs editorial highlights the perseverance and support displayed by the Haitian government and development partners, resulting in scaled-up mass drug administration (MDA) across the country, integrated programs with soil-transmitted […]

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Paraguay is Doubling the Bet with a Deworming Campaign to Treat and Prevent NTDs among School…

; Last week, I was very excited to see that Paraguay’s Ministries of Health and Education, in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) aimed to treat more than 1.5 million school children, as well as homeless and indigenous populations, for intestinal worms during a four-day deworming campaign.  This year’s campaign marks a significant […]

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How END7 Support Helps Countries across the World

; END7 supporters are proving success is possible; they have already helped strengthen neglected tropical disease (NTD) treatment programs in Kenya, Myanmar, Sierra Leone and Honduras. And together, we have plans to support Peru, Vietnam, Nigeria and Indonesia too! END7 donations go a long way, especially since 100 percent of donations made go directly to […]

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Why More than a Million School Kids in Honduras are Happy without Worms

; When I arrived at Escuela Pedro Nufio, a school in Choluteca, Honduras, I saw hundreds of healthy kids eagerly raising their hands in class, laughing with their teachers and playing outside with their friends. These kids were happy and healthy thanks to Honduras’ commitment to end neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) – an effort supported […]

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Honduras: Leading the Way in the Americas through Integrated Efforts to Treat Neglected…

; Honduras is one of Latin America’s leaders in health and integration; their nation-wide effort to control and eliminate neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) draws upon the institutionalized infrastructure of the country’s national vaccination week activities, and works across multiple sectors to deworm as many children as possible throughout the country. Honduras’ unique and successfully-integrated approach […]

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New Paper Highlights Key Progress, Challenges Ahead of Post-2015 Agenda Setting

; In an important new paper, “Neglected tropical diseases: now more than just ‘other disease’ — the post-2015 agenda,” published in International Health, David Molyneux, professor at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, captures why defeating neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) is so critical. He writes, “The overall context of NTD control is the contribution it […]

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Global Health Partners Continue to Urge the Inclusion of Neglected Tropical Diseases in the…

; In a recently-released policy brief, partners from the global health community continue to urge all United Nations (UN) Member States to ensure that the forthcoming post-2015 framework include specific targets for the control and elimination of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs); Doing so would reduce human suffering, increase economic prosperity and help achieve greater global […]

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Free Online Class Teaches Students How to Change the World and End NTDs!

; Thanks to an online course beginning today, it’s now possible to learn just what it takes to change the world – for free! From climate change to global health and gender equality, the Coursera class, titled “How to Change the World” will give ordinary people the stats, knowledge and facts to become change-makers and […]

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Nigeria Champions Integrated Approach to NTDs at the World Health Assembly

; Photo credit: U.S. Mission Geneva / Eric Bridiers By Helen Hamilton, on behalf of the UK Coalition against NTDs The first six months of 2014 have already seen a number of milestones reached for the international neglected tropical disease (NTD) community, including the successful NTD-focused side event at the 67th World Health Assembly (WHA) in […]

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Global Network Releases a New Report on NTD Control and Elimination

; Today, the Global Network released a new report entitled “Ending Neglected Tropical Diseases: Opportunities to Support the Control and Elimination of NTDs.” This report offers an analysis of the progress made, challenges remaining and new opportunities in the global effort to control and eliminate neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) by 2020. This report stems from discussions […]

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SAFEly Combatting Trachoma across Africa

; By Anna Massey, Head of Strategic Government Partnerships at Sightsavers When it comes to tackling the largest infectious cause of blindness in the world – trachoma – it is widely agreed that the SAFE strategy is key in moving towards elimination. Recommended by the World Health organization (WHO), the strategy aims to reduce the […]

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