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May 23, 2018

Podcast: Using Informatics to Fight Childhood Mortality

The Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) Network aims to reduce childhood mortality around the world by identifying what exactly is killing children under five years of age. The Task Force’s Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII) is a partner of this ambitious initiative, and is responsible for developing the data transportation process and managing… Read More

May 23, 2018

On ‘Spanish Flu’ Centennial Year, New Funding Renews Push for Universal Flu Vaccine

By Joseph Bresee The development of a universal influenza vaccine has long been a public health goal, but it has thus far proven elusive. The April announcement of a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Page Family (Larry Page, co-founder of Google) $12-million funding opportunity for innovative approaches to the development of a “universal”… Read More

May 23, 2018

The Task Force for Global Health Launches New Focus Area for Compassion and Ethics

By David Addiss On a hot August morning along a dusty road near Leogane, Haiti, a farmer approached us, holding his sick infant daughter in his arms. His eyes met mine as he pleaded for help. The little girl was suffering from severe diarrhea. As a physician, I could see that she needed urgent hospital… Read More

May 23, 2018

War-Torn Yemen Gets First Mass Treatment for Trachoma

In Yemen’s “forgotten war,” a troop of health workers recently braved their way into remote villages carrying medicines provided by The Task Force’s International Trachoma Initiative (ITI) for the country’s first ever mass treatment of trachoma — the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness. ITI had originally planned to start providing antibiotic to Yemen in… Read More

May 01, 2018

African Grants Program Builds Local Capacity to Eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases

Africa accounts for 40 percent of the global burden of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Last year, The Task Force and its partners launched a USAID-funded grants program to support African scientists in conducting operational research studies on the control and elimination of these diseases. The initiative was spearhead by John Amuasi, PhD, executive director of… Read More

April 30, 2018

Dr. Ann Aerts Discusses New Leprosy Partnership

Head of Novartis Foundation, Ann Aerts, MD, visited our HQ this month to discuss the opportunities for the new Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy. The foundation is supporting the partnership which is hosted at The Task Force.   Related: The Task Force Joins Global Effort to Eliminate One of Humanity’s Oldest and Most Stigmatizing Diseases

April 30, 2018

New Drug Resistance Test Could Help Strengthen Deworming Programs

A groundbreaking new test to detect drug resistance in intestinal worms is expected to be ready for proof of concept testing early next year. This test could help large-scale treatment programs identify resistance before it takes hold within a population. Intestinal worms cause soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH), a neglected tropical disease that affects more than a… Read More

April 30, 2018

Antibiotic for Trachoma Can Potentially Save Children’s Lives

New research supported by The Task Force’s International Trachoma Initiative (ITI) has found that mass administration of a low-cost antibiotic can dramatically reduce deaths in children under five years of age in developing countries. In the double-blind, placebo-controlled study called MORDOR, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in April, researchers gave one dose… Read More

March 29, 2018

The Task Force Moves Into New HQ With Eye to Increasing Program Impact

The last time The Task Force moved into a new building, George W. Bush was president and it had seven programs and 40 employees. Ten years later, The Task Force’s extraordinary growth of programs and staff have spurred its move to a new headquarters – one that is three times larger and can accommodate its… Read More

March 29, 2018

Program to Improve Quality of Medical Supplies and Equipment Donations Joins The Task Force

In 2010, Haiti received a flood of medical supplies and equipment donations after an earthquake ravaged the small island nation but much of the equipment was not requested or usable. Some of those donated devices, such as incubators for premature babies, would not work in Haiti’s hospitals because they required a higher electrical voltage than… Read More

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