Author Archives: End the Neglect

Powerful Testimonies Urge Action on Neglected Tropical Diseases

; Earlier this month, The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs, chaired by Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC), conducted a hearing on Global Health Programs highlighting U.S. investments in significant  global health efforts  such as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and […]

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“Worm Index” Reveals Association Between NTDs and Human Development

; A new “worm index” developed by Sabin President Dr. Peter Hotez and Baylor College of Medicine’s Dr. Jennifer Herricks reveals a strong association between neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and human development. The index was based on the disease burden of major worm (or helminth) infections: intestinal helminths, lymphatic filariasis and schistosomiasis, which can lead […]

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Snapshot of the Diplomatic Courier’s Interview with Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, Director…

; By Whitney McInvale and Alex Gordon Earlier this this year, Director Emeritus of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), and Special Envoy for the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, sat down with the Diplomatic Courier  – a leading global affairs magazine – to discuss her experience as the first female Regional Director of […]

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National Science Academies Urge G7 Leaders to Address NTDs

; View image | gettyimages.com ; In advance of every G7 summit, the national science academies of the G7 countries prepare policy statements on the priority issues identified by the G7 host country. This year, the national science academies delivered statements on neglected tropical diseases, antibiotic resistance, and the future of the ocean. In the […]

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Eliminating Diseases by Investing in WASH

; This blog was originally posted in Huffington Post as part of the “WASH and the MDGs: The Ripple Effect” blog series, in partnership with WASH Advocates. At the turn of the century, world leaders came together at the United Nations in New York to develop the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of eight ambitious goals […]

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An Interview with Francis Ohanyido, Global Network’s New NTD Advisor in Nigeria

; 1. How did you first become interested in health issues? What makes you passionate? My interest in health issues naturally started very early in life when I had made up my mind that I was going to study medicine. The story has it that I took an uncle’s stethoscope from his clinic when I […]

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Can We Nudge the Budget? Our Experience at the END7 Student Advocacy Day

By Anjali Bhatla, Cyrus Ghaznavi and Sri Gopakumar Rice University Undergraduates  On a bright spring morning in Washington, D.C., we stood outside the U.S. Capitol in the middle of a whirlwind, 32-hour trip from Houston, Texas.  As we stood in the clearance line to enter the Capitol Visitors Center, we reviewed our materials to prepare […]

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Better Together: Integrating Immunization and Deworming during World Immunization Week

; Beginning tomorrow, global health partners around the world will be celebrating World Immunization Week. While the week’s events primarily focus on achieving equitable access to immunization, the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases is particularly excited about the opportunities World Immunization Week presents for integrating deworming and immunization campaigns. In Honduras, for example, the […]

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Tackling NTDs to Help End the Cycle of Poverty and Disability

; By CBM UK This blog post is part of Global Network’s #G7forHealth series, which highlights the current and potential impact of G7 countries on those suffering from neglected tropical diseases.  Hadiya is 9 years old. When CBM community workers met her in her village in Amhara, Ethiopia, her eyes had been itching and watering for […]

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NTD Article Round-Up

; Starting this month, the Global Network will be presenting a round-up of articles on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Check back every month for the latest. To suggest an article, you may post a comment below. 1. Unprogrammed Deworming in the Kibera Slum, Nairobi: Implications for Control of Soil-Transmitted Helminthiases PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases – Published […]

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Introducing Lauren Crossman, March’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 neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). We are very proud to introduce our March 2015 Student of the Month, Lauren Crossman, the END7 Student Advisory Board representative for the University of […]

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Training Session Improves Prevention and Treatment of Podoconiosis for People of Cameroon

; Guest blog post by Wendy Santis, Footwork Executive Director  Twenty-five members of Cameroon’s Ministry of Health, and nurses and leaders from Mbebah Vigilantic Farming and Development Association — a community development NGO in Northwest Cameroon — received training this past December in podoconiosis diagnosis, prevention and mitigation. Podoconiosis, a type of elephantiasis spread by chronic […]

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A New WHO Report Brings Fresh Data and Ideas on Ending NTDs

; More than 100 million people are affected by one or more neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region. As a former Director of the Pan American Health Organization, I’ve seen the suffering caused by these diseases first-hand. At the same time, I have also learnt what can be achieved […]

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Water is Crucial to Ending Blinding Trachoma

; By Elizabeth Kurylo Communications manager, International Trachoma Initiative Every morning and every night, I turn on the hot and cold water taps, adjusting them so the temperature is just warm enough to wash my face. I take for granted that the water will flow. I would be shocked if it didn’t. This easy access […]

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