“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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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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In 2012, Globalization and Health will publish a new special issue “Climate Change and Global Health: Implications for Human Health and Health Systems.” This new issue will explore the ability of health systems to respond to potential disasters linked to climate change. Climate change contributes to extreme weather conditions and significant changes in precipitation, which in turn…

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J&J Director of Contributions on the importance of leveraging the simple intervention of handwashing to achieve health outcomes: A colleague of mine recently wrote about a woman in Nicaragua who went in search of a small loan, and ended up being treated for cervical cancer, because a microcredit organization arranged for a health screening to coincide with…

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As the Gates Foundation hosts a global forum on malaria, Bill Gates commits to the eradication of the disease. In the past 10 years, the number of people who die from malaria has declined 20 percent. For the past three days, the global malaria community has been meeting in Seattle, talking about what it’s going…

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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 YORK–True or false on NCDs? NCDs mainly affect the rich NCDs are mainly diseases of the elderly All NCDs are preventable No cost effective solutions exist for NCDs You can’t change human behavior when it comes to NCDs Ann Keeling of the NCD Alliance and CEO of the International Diabetes Federation posed these questions…

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TDR, a program for research and scientific collaboration in diseases of poverty based at the World Health Organization (WHO), has won the 2011 Gates Award for Global Health. The announcement was made at a Global Health Council event in Geneva at the World Health Assembly.   TDR supports and advocates for research to address diseases…

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This post was written by Jeffrey L. Sturchio, president and CEO of the Global Health Council Recently I had the opportunity to spend time with senior health officials from several African countries as part of the annual African Health Delegation visit organized by Global Health Progress.  The theme of the week—“Accelerating Progress Through Strengthened Partnerships”—points…

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