It might be hard to imagine what it’s like to suffer from a disease like schistosomiasis. The name itself is hard to pronounce, and most people don’t know of anyone who has ever had it…

See how medication to treat neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) is improving lives in a remote area of Sierra Leone.


A new study published in Nature online last week estimates that there are more than three times as many dengue infections as in the official World Health Organization (WHO) figure. The WHO estimates 50-100 million dengue infections a year, while “The global distribution and burden of dengue” report argues that there are 390 million dengue infections per year.
Today, the WHO and UNICEF released The Integrated Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea (GAPPD), an integrated and intensified effort to reduce deaths and illnesses from these diseases.