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April 21, 2017

New Funding Will Expand Operational Research Critical to Ending Neglected Tropical Diseases

On April 16, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, or DFID, announced a $12.5 million grant to The Task Force’s Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center to expand operational research studies focused on controlling and eliminating neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in countries where these diseases are endemic. The new funding will support the collaborative activities… Read More

April 03, 2017

Blog: Cost Shouldn’t be a Barrier to Accessing Essential Medicines

By Dave Ross, ScD, President and Chief Executive Officer for The Task Force for Global Health Most people in the world do not have access to medicines available to people in the United States and Europe. As many as 6 billion people cannot afford drugs that we take for granted in the United States such… Read More

April 03, 2017

SXSW Panel Shows How “Data is Power” in Ending a Plague

“Data is power.” That was the message that The Task Force and its trachoma elimination partners brought to technology leaders during a March 11 panel discussion at SXSW 2017 about why smartphones have been so instrumental to the elimination of this neglected tropical disease (NTD). In 2012, a smartphone-based technology was introduced that transformed the… Read More

April 03, 2017

Global Effort to Eliminate Intestinal Worms Emphasizes New Methods for Assessing Program Impact

Key stakeholders in the global fight to eliminate intestinal worms as a public health problem will now emphasize measuring disease levels to track program impact. This shift is a result of an agreement advanced at the February meeting of the STH Coalition Action Group, a body coordinated by Children Without Worms (CWW), a program of… Read More

February 28, 2017

Blog: Following Years of Conflict, Central African Republic Resumes Program to Eliminate Trachoma

By Genevieve LaCon, MPH, senior program associate, International Trachoma Initiative, The Task Force for Global Health Six months into my position at The Task Force’s International Trachoma Initiative (ITI), I had the opportunity to visit the Central African Republic (CAR). I was invited to observe the country’s annual mass drug administration (MDA) of Zithromax® for… Read More

February 28, 2017

With Strong Ties to The Task Force, New WHO Project Aims to Eliminate NTDs in Africa

Maria Rebollo Polo, MD, MPH, former director of programs for The Task Force’s Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Support Center, has been named team leader for the World Health Organization’s (WHO) newly established Expanded Special Project for Elimination of NTDs (ESPEN). ESPEN is a successor to the African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control, but with a broader… Read More

February 28, 2017

Smartphone App Tracks Progress Towards Trachoma Elimination in Africa

A new smartphone-based data platform called Tropical Data is helping 13 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America track their progress towards the elimination of trachoma, a neglected tropical disease (NTD). Tropical Data has already been used for surveys involving 360,000 people in communities where public health programs supported by The Task Force have been… Read More

February 28, 2017

New Tool Brings Greater Stability to Health Workforce in Mozambique

A new web-based tool developed by The Task Force and partners has significantly reduced turnover of healthcare workers in Mozambique and brought greater stability to the country’s health system. Mozambique – like many African countries – has a shortage of skilled healthcare workers to meet the health needs of their populations. Compounding the issue is… Read More

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

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