Transmission Cycle of Schistosomiasis Photo Credit: WHO Department of NTD Control
As we commend the current developments in the global response to NTDs including, the first WHO Comprehensive Global NTD report, the establishment of the first-ever Latin America Initiative for NTD control by the Global Network, the Pan-American Health Organization and the Inter-American Development Bank, the financial donations from various donors including the U.S, U.K , Japan and other private donors and the expanded drug donations from GSK and Johnson and Johnson, we must not shy away from calling for a more energized and robust response for NTD control.
Yesterday at day two of the ASTMH conference in Atlanta, medical student from various universities presented important results from their studies on Female Genital Schistosomiasis (FGS)showing that young girls with urinary schistosomiasis do indeed have genital symptoms. In fact, 46% of the 549 girls in the study did. FGS has serious consequences for women including increased risk for HIV/AIDS, infertility and ectopic pregnancies.
With 300 million people at risk for schistosomiasis in Africa, mostly school-aged girls, adolescent girls and women of child bearing age, the need for Praziquantel,the drug mostly used to treat and prevent schistosomiasis is needed now more than ever.
We need to make sure that all girls who need Praziquantel get it now.
November 5th, 2010
The blog run by the communications folks over at ASTMH captured a good interview with Dr. John Cook, former President of the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 1986/1987.
The interview answers some interesting questions about the growing interest in tropical medicine, where we are in terms of control and elimination of neglected diseases, and the challenges that ASTMH faces.
Read the interview here
November 4th, 2010
Dr. Ernesto Ruiz-Tiben shows an infected foot- the result of having guinea worm. Photo Credit: ASTMH Blog
You know that you are in a room with passionate global-health do-gooders when no one bats an eye at a graphic visual of guinea worm extraction.
This morning, I attended a session given by the Carter Center, an organization that has pioneered many successful interventions for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). Read more: Building Hope: The Carter Centers Mission to Eliminate NTDs
November 4th, 2010
During yesterdays opening plenary session of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene conference Im currently attending, many students, scientists, and advocates were recognized for work in various fields within public health. Among the plethora of distinguished accolades given out was an award that caught my attention in particular: the communications award.
This award is handed out to a journalist who has written an exceptionally compelling story on a topic within global health. Technology and the financial crisis have impacted the media world significantly. Many printed newspapers have shut down, focusing on online content instead. Journalists have been lumped into general news categories, and many publications can no longer afford to have reporters with a focused expertise. Read more: Journalism and Public Health
The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases is a major advocacy and resource mobilization initiative of the Sabin Vaccine Institute dedicated to raising the awareness, political will, and funding necessary to control and eliminate the most common neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)--a group of disabling, disfiguring, and deadly diseases affecting more than 1.4 billion people worldwide living on less than $1.25 a day.
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