GHC Reflects on its Own First 100 Days In global health, we know benchmarks matter. They’re the difference between whether a child reaches his or her 5th birthday or dies of a vaccine-preventable illness. They signal how a health system would respond to the next pandemic or humanitarian crisis. What gets measured gets done, and…

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New Coalition for Epidemics Preparedness Innovations The celebrated news of an effective Ebola vaccine came a little too late for the 11,000 people who succumbed to the Ebola virus between 2014 to 2016. The epidemic that overwhelmed local and international capacity to contain it, has helped fuel an important debate on global health security and…

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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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“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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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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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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Guest Blog by: The Carter Center, Paige Rohe Founded in 1986, The Carter Center has been a leader in the control, elimination, and eradication of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), working at the grassroots level in partnership with ministries of health and low-resource communities to conduct health education, mass drug administration, and develop health service infrastructure. Before…

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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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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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