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The Beauty of Impact: hidden highlights from the World Health Summit 2017, Berlin

The annual World Health Summit was held in Berlin from 15th – 17th October. With around 2000 participants from across academia, politics, the private sector Read More

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As More Children Survive Birth Complications, Number Affected By Preventable Blindness…

The Guardian: Preventable blindness in children on the rise in poorer countries “The number of children suffering from preventable blindness is increasing, partly because more children are surviving complicated births in low- and middle-income countries, specialists say. Worldwide, about 19 million children under the age of 15 are blind, with 12 million of these cases…More

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Mapping trachoma to eradicate blindness

Explore how a huge project targeting this infectious eye condition has set the standard for surveying disease.

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Adiós! Goodbye, oncho! Mexico joins two other countries in ending onchocerciasis in LAC

I can’t wait to spread the news. The Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) region is one step closer to seeing the end of onchocerciasis (also referred to as river blindness): Mexico has become the third country in the world to officially wipe out this disease! The drive for progress is much of what motivated me […]

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Averting Blindness with Vitamin A

The deficiency of vitamin A in a child has the ability to lead to blindness and possible death. A new book by Wilmer Eye Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Professor Richard Semba tells of the importance of vitamin A. I had the chance to speak with Dr Semba about his book, The Vitamin A Story: Lifting the Shadow of Death, and why vitamin A deficiency is such an important issue. AVFTC: What makes vitamin A so important to the health of people? Richard Semba: Vitamin A is essential for the immune system, growth, reproduction, and vision.

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Success in combating NTDs means community ownership

By Simon Bush, Director of Neglected Tropical Diseases at Sightsavers “The neglected tropical disease (NTD) agenda would not have been feasible without the Community Directed Treatment with Ivermectin (CDTI) framework.” This is the conclusion of a recent paper commissioned by Sightsavers on combating onchocerciasis – or river blindness. What it means in less formal terms

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President Yoweri Museveni Launches Health Program to Eliminate River…

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A Global Strategy to Eliminate Blinding Trachoma, A Disease Targeted by…

By: Elizabeth Kurylo, Communications manager, International Trachoma Initiative Eliminating a disease is no small task. It helps to have a detailed plan. Partners working to eliminate blinding trachoma, one of the seven neglected tropical diseases targeted by END7, have such a plan

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UK NGO sets their sights on river blindness

Sightsavers, a UK-based NGO that addresses preventable blindness in the developing world and contributors to End the Neglect, is this year’s Financial Times (FT) seasonal appeal recipient. Sgithsavers will receive donations from British readers who contribute to the FT appeal, which will run from November 21 – mid-January. The UK government has also agreed to

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Good News on River Blindness

Mexico, Colombia, and Guatemala are making huge progress against river blindness, aka onchocerciasis.

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Reading List 10/25/2011

Stay up to date on the latest NTD and global health news with our reading list! Today we’re reading about:

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Jemma Kidd Make Up Jumping Into the Fight Against Trachoma

Inspired by a trip to Ethiopia with ORBIS, cosmetics maven Jemma Kidd will donate £1.50 for every product purchased to the fight against trachoma.

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More from World Sight Day!

Happy Monday readers we’d like to draw attention to some interesting pick up from last week’s World Sight Day

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Reading List 10/14/2011

Happy Friday readers! End the week with the latest in global health and NTD news. Today we’re reading about:

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