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March 27, 2019

Clinical Drug Trials Offer Hope of Relief to Patients with Stigmatizing Lymphedema

For people with disfiguring lymphedema, the hope that a drug may help reduce inflammation and swelling — potentially returning to them a life of dignity — is huge cause for celebration. The video below chronicles the work of The Task Force’s Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center (NTD-SC) and its partners in assessing the effectiveness of… Read More

March 27, 2019

Preventing Blindness in Developing Countries

Spotlight on International Trachoma Initiative (ITI) Supply Chain Manager, Carla Johnson Carla Johnson recently rediscovered a photo of herself. In it, she was six years old, standing in front of a poster she had created for kindergarten class. The poster was filled with hand-drawn renderings of a train, a ship, and an airplane. Little did… Read More

March 07, 2019

Celebrating Women in Global Health

Professor Suma TK tells us what it is like being a woman in public health.   Dr. Upendo Mwingira tells us what it is like being a woman in public health.

February 27, 2019

The Task Force Helps Bangladesh Roll Out Plan to Eliminate Intestinal Worm Infections

Deworming efforts in Bangladesh are about to receive a significant boost as the country reshapes its national soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH) control program with support from the Children Without Worms program (CWW) at The Task Force for Global Health. Deputy Program Manager for lymphatic filariasis and STH in Bangladesh, Jahirul Karim, MBBS, says that until recently,… Read More

February 27, 2019

Q&A with The Task Force Board’s Newest Member: Attorney and Author Kent Alexander

The latest member to join The Task Force for Global Health’s Board, Kent Alexander, has held many distinguished roles over the course of his 30-plus-year career. He served as a United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, senior vice president and general counsel for Emory University, general counsel for the global humanitarian organization,… Read More

February 27, 2019

The Rising Need for Digital Public Health Surveillance

By Vivian Singletary As the Digital Revolution continues to unfold, public health faces fresh challenges related to data and technology. Historically, public health has relied on paper records — think manila file folders sitting on a shelf in a doctor’s office — generated by healthcare and transmitted through manual means to conduct its crucial disease… Read More

January 30, 2019

Digital Bridge Breaks New Ground in 2019, Launches in Two Sites

Approach Could Prove Revolutionary for U.S. Public Health In what could be a transformative step for public health in the United States, Houston and Utah became the first locations to implement an approach that allows health care providers to automatically send information about reportable diseases to public health agencies using a new and innovative electronic… Read More

January 28, 2019

Ambitious Roadmap Outlines How Countries Can Better Respond to Disease Outbreaks

The Task Force for Global Health and its global partners have crafted a far-reaching, seven-step action framework to modernize, strengthen, and expand global Field Epidemiology Training Programs (FETPs). It is now well understood globally that a well-trained and resourced army of field epidemiologists is essential for a country’s ability to detect and combat disease outbreaks…. Read More

January 28, 2019

CHAMPS Data Highlights Causes of Newborn and Child Deaths in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa

For the first time, public health officials and researchers around the globe will have access to accurate and timely data about the causes of death in children under age five in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. The data release is part of an ambitious and comprehensive initiative called Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS)… Read More

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

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