November 16, 2011 |

In their news story "Kenya: Nation Setting Sights on Elimating Blinding Disease," discusses NTD elimination programs in Kenya and includes several mentions of the Global Network. is the largest online distributor of Africa-focused news. Below is a clip that includes a quote by Global Network's managing director, Dr. Neeraj Mistry.

"Just as with other important medical breakthroughs - the discovery of penicillin to fight infection, the development of vaccines to prevent childhood diseases, and the use of antiretroviral drugs against HIV/Aids - eradication of NTDs is possible, according to Dr. Neeraj Mistry, managing director of the Global Network.

But it is a test that will need collective goodwill for success. As with emerging chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and heart disease, NTDs don't often register as health priorities in many countries. HIV/Aids, malaria and tuberculosis still gain the most attention and funding from governments and donor organizations.

But the Global Network's efforts seek to highlight the significant toll on health and development, especially for children, caused by NTDs.
While parasitic worms may not kill a child, the costs in terms of mental and physical debilitation radically reduce the quality of life and can needlessly shorten lifespan, health and development experts say."

The full article can be found on