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January 28, 2019

A Leprosy Advocate, Who Was Once a Patient, Talks About Stigma, Empowerment, and Treatment

In 2010, Mathias Duck was working at a hospital in his native Paraguay when he began to feel tingling in two fingers of his right hand. As a pastor at the hospital, Mathias was deeply familiar with the symptoms of leprosy – the hospital treated many people affected by the disease – and he knew… Read More

December 18, 2018

What Makes Us Optimistic for 2019

At The Task Force, we are consummate optimists about global health. So we thought it only fitting that we end 2018 by asking a few of our staff members to share what they feel positive about for the year ahead. Take a look at what they said.   Tony Edwards, Senior Operations Manager Girija Sankar,… Read More

November 26, 2018

TEPHINET Director Recognized with The Task Force’s Inaugural Consequential Compassion Award

When TEPHINET joined The Task Force in 2009, it consisted of only 30 field epidemiology training programs (FETPs) in the same number of countries. Today, the network has grown to 71 programs serving more than 100 countries. Dionisio Herrera, MD, PhD, has been at the helm of TEPHINET during this extraordinary period of growth in… Read More

November 26, 2018

New $29.9M Funding Boosts Fight Against Neglected Tropical Diseases

A new $29.97 million grant will build on the successes of a collaborative research partnership hosted by The Task Force for Global Health to control and eliminate five neglected tropical diseases. The Task Force’s Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center (NTD-SC) was awarded the five-year grant by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant funds… Read More

November 26, 2018

The Task Force Embarks on Initiative to Eliminate Hepatitis B and C

The Task Force for Global Health has launched an ambitious program to eliminate hepatitis B and C, two infectious diseases that affect more than 300 million people and kill an estimated 1.3 million people annually – a higher death toll than HIV, malaria or tuberculosis. The initiative, anchored in The Task Force’s collaborative approach, will… Read More

October 25, 2018

Influenza Symposium Kicks off The Task Force’s Inaugural Topics in Global Health Series

It’s flu season in the United States, and while flu causes more deaths and hospitalizations than any other vaccine-preventable disease in the country, most people don’t take it seriously. Last year in the US alone, an estimated 80,000 people died of the flu and its complications. Globally, according to the World Health Organization, as many… Read More

October 25, 2018

Global Health, Leadership, and Politics: Perspectives from Bill Foege

Global health luminary and The Task Force’s co-founder, Bill Foege, said public health leaders must be involved in the political process if they are to positively impact decisions made by government. “Every public health decision is based on some sort of political decision. You can’t separate them, and therefore we must understand how the political… Read More

October 25, 2018

Q&A with The Task Force Board’s Newest Member: Public Broadcasting Atlanta CEO Wonya Lucas

Wonya Lucas, who recently joined The Task Force for Global Health Board of Directors, is a veteran in the world of marketing and communications. She’s made her mark on virtually every major cable television network—including TNT, CNN, the Weather Channel, and Discovery Communications. Today, she serves as president and CEO of Public Broadcasting Atlanta. Lucas… Read More

October 25, 2018

From Destroying Humanity to Saving It: Task Force CEO’s Career a Study in Contrast

David Ross’s journey to leading the country’s second largest non-profit organization had far from a typical beginning. The CEO of The Task Force for Global Health began his professional life at the Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) at The Johns Hopkins University. It was just when the cold war was heating up and APL was focused… Read More

September 20, 2018

The Invisible Elements that Drive the Engine of Disease Elimination

On a cool October day in a village high up in the mountainous reaches of northern Pakistan, men, women, and children gathered to take a drug that can save their sight. It’s the first mass drug administration (MDA) for trachoma in a country where the bacterial eye disease is the leading infectious cause of blindness…. Read More

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