NTDs

ASTMH Kicks Off 2017 Annual Meeting by Premiering Its First Society-Level Medal Named After A Female Icon In Tropical Medicine

This blog post was written by Doug Dusik, Senior Communications Executive, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH). The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, founded in 1903, is the largest international scientific organization of experts dedicated to reducing the worldwide burden of tropical infectious diseases and improving global health. The organization accomplishes this through generating…

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Member Spotlight: ASTMH

The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene is a worldwide organization whose mission is to promote global health through the prevention and control of infectious and other diseases that disproportionately afflict the global poor.   By the numbers: Founding: 1903 Staff: 4 Full Time, 4 Part Time Members: Approximately 3,500 members located in 91…

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Neglected Tropical Diseases: Business is Not as Usual

“Business is not as usual,” said Dr. Lorenzo Savioli, director of the World Health Organization’s Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), regarding the new collaboration Uniting to Combat NTDs announced Jan. 30 in London. Thirteen pharmaceutical companies, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, donor and recipient governments, the World Bank, and several NGOs have committed to work together to reach the targets outlined in the WHO’s new publication, Accelerating Work to Overcome the Global Impact of Neglected Tropical Diseases: A Roadmap for Implementation. The roadmap does not set new targets, but compiles existing resolutions and sets out common strategies for integrated NTD prevention and treatment programs.

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UN Agencies Commit to Joint Action – A Potential Game Changer for NCDs?

This is a guest blog by Greg Paton, Policy Manager, NCD Alliance This past December representatives from various UN agencies met in New York to discuss UN wide collaboration on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs). The release of the meeting’s report last week drew little attention from the global health world. This is understandable given the gauntlet of NCD…

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Telling a Story, Making an Impact

Director of Children Without Worms Kim Koporc tells the story of a deworming day in Cambodia Soil transmitted helminthiasis (STH), caused by intestinal worms, does not capture public attention the way other infectious diseases do. Like most of the neglected tropical disease portfolio, STH is not usually fatal – which partly explains why they are…

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A Shift Toward NCDs?

Building bridges between noncommunicable and communicable diseases starts by considering access to health services. Last week I had the privilege of attending the Global Health Council’s 38th Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. The conference focused on global demographic changes, which naturally result in a shift in the burden of disease as populations grow older. The…

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New Position Papers on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases

The Global Health Council recently published two new position papers on malaria and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). The papers outline the burden of the diseases, cost-effective interventions, and research needs. They also state the Council’s positions on malaria and NTD policy and give specific recommendations for next steps to control these diseases. Malaria: A Global…

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Neglected Tropical Diseases Gaining Attention

Last month the World Health Organization (WHO) released a new report, Working to overcome the global impact of neglected tropical diseases. It is the WHO’s first comprehensive report on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), a group of debilitating infections that affect the poorest of the poor. Historically, NTDs have not received as much attention as other infectious…

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Mass Treatment Approach

A recent article by House et al. in The Lancet* described a study of mass distribution of antibiotics to prevent trachoma. Trachoma is a debilitating disease that results in blindness, is one of the “neglected tropical diseases, and is more prevalent in children under age 10. The goal of the mass distribution approach is to disrupt the…

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