Results released by the U.S. Government (USG) in September reveal that since fiscal year (FY) 2009, more than $50 billion has been invested by the USG in foreign assistance for health, saving millions of lives.

Statement by the Sabin Vaccine Institute on the introduction of the “End Neglected Tropical Diseases Act”

On June 11, 2014, Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) introduced a bipartisan bill in the House of Representatives to support the control and elimination of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in the United States and abroad. H.R. 4847, the “End Neglected Tropical Diseases Act,” calls for the expansion of USAID’s NTD program; increased U.S. Government advocacy for NTDs among international development and financing institutions; reporting from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on NTDs in the United States; the creation of one or more NTD centers of excellence to increase research and development (R&D); and the establishment of a panel on intestinal worm infections, one of the most pervasive NTDs.

Cohred Colloquium 2013 Report: Sustainable Investments into Research and Innovation

Dr. Peter Hotez contributed to sections on neglected tropical diseases.

In 2005, the concept of bundling together multiple chronic parasitic and related infections into the category of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) was proposed because they could be targeted simultaneously with a package of low cost and donated drugs. 

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Last week, the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda released a report – A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economics through Sustainable Development.

Is it really possible to change a life with a T-shirt? 14 lives? We’ve teamed up again with T-shirt company Sevenly to do just that.

Jimmy Carter Talks Guinea Worm and Trachoma on the Daily Show

On Tuesday, Jimmy Carter was the guest on the Daily Show with John Stewart. He had a great segment on Guinea Worm and the success of the Carter Foundation over the past 25 years.

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We're pleased to share that at about 5:15he also discussed “neglected diseases” in general and the goes into detail about his working fighting trachoma in Ethiopia. This is great exposure for NTDs!

How political neglect lets an epidemic of blindness go unchecked

By Russell Skelton, The Age

HUGH Taylor's war on trachoma began 35 years ago. As a young doctor, he travelled the red dirt roads of the Tanami Desert in a beat-up Land Rover with the late Fred Hollows dispensing medical help to an estimated 10,000 Aboriginal men, women and children with the catastrophic eye disease.

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