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January 26, 2018

New Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy Launches to Accelerate Elimination

Ahead of World Leprosy Day on Sunday, Jan. 28, several leading leprosy groups have joined forces to launch a Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy to accelerate progress towards a world without leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease. The Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy brings together organizations including the Novartis Foundation, the International Federation of Anti-Leprosy… Read More

January 25, 2018

Rare Neurological Disorder Linked to Zika

A public health investigation supported by The Task Force for Global Health’s TEPHINET program has found a “causal relationship” between Zika infection and a rare, potentially life-threatening neurological disorder called Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS). “At this point, we can fairly confidently say there is a strong – and probably a causal relationship – between Zika and… Read More

January 25, 2018

Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Programs Key to Pandemic Preparedness

This year’s flu season has been severe in the United States and serves as a reminder of our vulnerability to a pandemic. A flu pandemic can occur when a new strain of influenza virus emerges against which populations have little or no immunity. Flu pandemics have occurred four times over the last century. The most… Read More

January 25, 2018

Expanded Drug Commitment Could Accelerate Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis

In response to new treatment guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO), Merck & Co., Inc. (known as MSD outside the United States and Canada) has announced that it will expand the Mectizan® Donation Program (MDP) to reach up to an additional 100 million people per year through 2025 as part of the global effort… Read More

January 25, 2018

New Hampshire’s Electronic System for Tracking Immunization Records Nears Completion

Once Launched, All U.S. States Will Have an Online Vaccination Database In 2013, New Hampshire health officials were alarmed to learn about a whooping cough outbreak in neighboring Vermont. This highly contagious respiratory infection can make breathing difficult and, in rare cases, even cause death. Given the threat to public health, New Hampshire officials spent… Read More

January 05, 2018

Reflections on 2017: A Message from CEO Dave Ross

Dear Friends, Thank you for making 2017 a remarkable year for The Task Force for Global Health. Your support helped advance our mission to end diseases that affect people living in poverty and strengthen systems to protect and promote health around the world. Our programs made progress this year against a number of health issues,… Read More

December 01, 2017

North Korean Defector Sheds Light on a Significant Global Health Problem

News reports swirled before Thanksgiving that a North Korean defector had 10-inch long parasitic worms (Ascaris lumbricoides) removed from his stomach after fleeing to the south. While shedding light on the poor health conditions in the country, the story also brought attention to a significant global health problem that affects as many as 1.5 billion people… Read More

November 30, 2017

Pakistan Takes First Major Step to Eliminate Trachoma

In a remote village high up in the Northern Pakistan mountains that has seen its share of strife and hardship, men, women, and children gathered last month to take a drug that could save their sight. The village was the beneficiary of Pakistan’s first mass drug treatment campaign to wipe out trachoma, joining the global… Read More

November 30, 2017

For Latin America, Effective Communications Critical to Controlling Disease Outbreaks

At the height of the Zika outbreak in Latin America and the Caribbean, one of the biggest issues public health officials grappled with was how to inform the public, especially pregnant women and women of childbearing age, about the risks of the disease. With that in mind, TEPHINET, The Task Force’s network of field epidemiology… Read More

November 30, 2017

Blog: Developing Countries Need Access to Essential Medicines for Noncommunicable Diseases

By Dave Ross, ScD President and Chief Executive Officer, The Task Force for Global Health I recently had the opportunity to meet with an Atlanta-based pharmaceutical firm about partnering to improve access to epilepsy treatment for people in developing countries. Our conversation quickly turned to the dilemma facing many private sector companies that want to… Read More

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