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January 31, 2017

Big Pharma Can Do More for People in Developing Countries, Says GSK CEO

GSK Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sir Andrew Witty is one of the pharmaceutical industry’s most passionate advocates for increasing access to essential medicines and vaccines for people in developing countries. The British-based company, a partner of The Task Force for Global Health, has donated billions of dollars in medicines to control and eliminate neglected tropical diseases… Read More

January 31, 2017

Clinical Trials to Begin of Antibiotic Treatment for Elephantiasis

The Task Force is facilitating clinical trials for a promising new treatment to combat a disfiguring disease known as elephantiasis, which can result from infection with a neglected tropical disease (NTD) called lymphatic filariasis. Millions of people around the world suffer from elephantiasis. The disfiguring swelling caused by the disease prevents people from being able… Read More

January 31, 2017

New Polio Antiviral Drugs Will Play Key Role in Eradication

The Task Force is supporting the development of two new polio antiviral therapies to treat immune-deficient people who excrete poliovirus after receiving oral polio vaccine (OPV). Development of polio antiviral agents is critical to eradicating the disease. In rare cases, OPV can cause paralysis or be fatal to individuals whose immune systems may be deficient due… Read More

January 31, 2017

Latin America Eyes Long-term Strategy for Controlling Zika

As evidence mounts that the current Zika epidemic in Latin America may have peaked, the public health effort is now shifting to developing a long-term strategy for identifying and responding to future outbreaks. The Task Force for Global Health through its network of field epidemiology training programs called TEPHINET recently received $9.5 million in new… Read More

December 28, 2016

Forbes Ranks The Task Force Second Largest U.S. Charity

The Task Force for Global Health is ranked second in Forbes‘ 2016 list of the 50 largest U.S. charities, up from fourth place in 2015. Each year, Forbes ranks U.S. charities based on levels of private support. For fiscal year 2016, The Task Force had revenue of $3.2 billion, which consists mostly of in-kind donations of… Read More

December 28, 2016

High Rates of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea in Chicago Prompt New Effort to Automate Case Reporting

The Task Force’s Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII) is working with healthcare and public health partners in Chicago to combat high rates of the sexually transmitted infections (STIs) chlamydia and gonorrhea. Healthcare providers are required by law to report cases of both diseases to their jurisdictional public health departments. Often, this requires duplicating information already… Read More

December 28, 2016

Countries Develop Plans to Transition Polio Infrastructure to Other Health Priorities

With polio eradication on the horizon, The Task Force is working with other global health agencies to determine how best to transition polio-specific public health infrastructure to other health priorities. Since the development of the polio vaccine in 1955, the global polio program has often operated separately from other health programs. Polio programs have benefitted… Read More

December 16, 2016

With a Larger Headquarters, The Task Force Looks to Reach More People

The Task Force for Global Health has purchased a larger headquarters in downtown Decatur, GA to meet the growth needs of its existing programs and allow the organization to launch a new program in noncommunicable diseases. Since 2014, The Task Force has been adding 20 positions annually and now exceeds the capacity of its current… Read More

November 30, 2016

Egypt Looks to Eliminate an Age-Old Plague

Trachoma was first documented on an ancient Egyptian scroll dating back to 2000 BC. Now, more than 4,000 years later, the country is launching a comprehensive program to finally eliminate the bacterial eye disease from the country. In October, representatives from The Task Force’s International Trachoma Initaitive (ITI) met with the country’s Ministry of Health… Read More

November 30, 2016

Find Out How to End a Plague at SXSW 2017

The Task Force will lead an official panel discussion on March 11, 2017 at the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, TX, about its approach to eliminating trachoma, a neglected tropical disease that threatens 186 million people in developing countries. The panel, titled “How to End a Plague: Smartphones, Science, & Partnerships,” will feature Task Force experts… Read More

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