Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) were on the agenda this week at the Sixty-fifth session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Switzerland.
 
A major milestone was reached when the WHA today approved a new resolution on elimination of schistosomiasis.
Today, the Rwandan Ministry of Health announced that they will introduce a new rotavirus vaccine nationwide.

Today, representatives at the Sixty-fifth World Health Assembly gave their support to a new Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP). WHA endorsement of the GVAP marks a major milestone towards universal access to immunization.

Sixty-fifth World Health Assembly focuses on universal coverage of healthcare

May 22, 2012

This week health ministers from around the world are meeting at the Sixty-fifth World Health Assembly (WHA) to discuss health issues that impact people everywhere. World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan opened the meeting on Monday by calling for universal health coverage.

“Universal health coverage is the best way to cement the gains made during the previous decade. It is the ultimate expression of fairness. This is the anchor for the work of WHO as we move forward,” said Dr. Chan.

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Dengue outbreaks occur in countries throughout the world on an all too frequent basis. One of the latest countries to experience an outbreak of the disease is the Philippines.

This month, the Sabin Vaccine Institute will begin a Phase-1 clinical trial in Washington, DC to further investigate the Na-GST-1 human hookworm vaccine candidate.

Reversing the World’s Neglect of Easily Cured Tropical Diseases

May 18, 2012 | Pacific Standard

Ahead of this weekend’s G8 Summit, Dr. Peter Hotez wrote an op-ed for Pacific Standard calling on G8 leaders to focus on NTD treatment and control as a cost-effective method to improve global health.

Reversing the World’s Neglect of Easily Cured Tropical Diseases

Dr. Peter Hotez

Pacific Standard

For the past week, the Sabin Vaccine Institute and the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases have been working with a group of organizations to raise awareness of specific issues - such a

Drs. Mistry and de Quadros contribute to Huffington Post G8 series

May 15, 2012 | Huffington Post

For the past week, the Sabin Vaccine Institute and the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases have been working with a group of organizations to raise awareness of specific issues - such as global health, nutrition, the environment and corruption – in advance of the G8.

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