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Congress Approves $100 Million for NTD Funding!

 

This spring, the END7 campaign launched an advocacy action to help to fight cuts to the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) Program. Thousands of supporters spoke out by sending a message to Chairwoman Kay Granger and Ranking Member Nita Lowey, of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, urging them to maintain NTD funding at $100 million.

We were very happy to hear that Congress approved $100 million for NTD funding in fiscal year (FY) 2015 and the President signed the budget this week! END7 is grateful for the thousands of supporters who took action. This is a huge success for the NTD community and the half a billion children who suffer from NTDs.

This victory underscores a growing bipartisan effort to prioritize global health and NTD spending within the U.S budget, and a growing awareness that treating NTDs is critical to ending extreme poverty. Every dollar spent on NTD treatment contributes to the success of other development efforts including maternal and child health, nutrition, education, water, sanitation and hygiene. And it costs less than 50 cents to treat a child for all seven of the most common NTDs, making it one of the best buys in public health.

The $100 million allocated to USAID’s NTD Program will bolster global efforts to control and eliminate the seven most common NTDs by 2020. In the past eight years, the NTD Program has delivered more than one billion NTD treatments to people around the world. And thanks to renewed support from Congress, USAID will be able to reach even more people in 2015.

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Experience the Joy of #GivingTuesday with END7!

 

my unselfieHow are you celebrating Giving Tuesday this year?

Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation to counter the “conspicuous consumption” of the holiday season with “conspicuous compassion” on a day dedicated to giving back.

The movement’s remarkable growth and momentum is highlighted in a short #GivingTuesday 2013 video. To summarize, more than 300 million Facebook users and two billion Twitter users saw posts about #GivingTuesday last year, with up to 700 #GivingTuesday tweets being sent per minute. The hashtag was trending in the United States for ten straight hours. Overall, more than 10,000 nonprofits participated last year, raising over $30 million dollars for social causes. As Kathy Calvin, president and CEO of the United Nations Foundation, put it, “#GivingTuesday is not a moment, it’s a movement.”

This year, #GivingTuesday will be celebrated on December 2, and over 18,000 nonprofits in the U.S. alone are confirmed to be taking part. Over the next week, END7 student supporters around the world will be busy preparing for a one-day fundraising competition in the hopes of raising $10,000 for neglected tropical disease (NTD) treatment programs. You can check out all the schools participating on our #GivingTuesday page. Our student supporters will be sharing their online fundraising pages with friends and family to spread the word about the impact of NTDs and raise much needed funds to support the NTD control and elimination effort.

They have some creative plans for spreading the word on December 2. We have a Facebook album with images that END7 supporters can set as their profile or cover photo for #GivingTuesday with the link to their fundraising page in the caption. Supporters can “donate” a tweet or Facebook post to promote the fundraising page by signing up for our Thunderclap, which will send out a social media blast on December 2. We have more fun ideas in our #GivingTuesday Action Kit, including instructions for posting an #unselfie on social media to spread the word about why you support END7 (see my example from last year!).

We are very excited to see our student supporters around the world joining forces to help give the gift of health to communities around the world on #GivingTuesday. Join in by creating your own fundraising page, donating to support a school’s campaign, or making a general donation to END7 on December 2. Together, we can give and give back this holiday season.

Introducing END7′s November Students of the Month, Ali Carter and Collin Leibold

 

student_monthThroughout the year, END7 honors students who have made a significant contribution to our growing movement of student advocates dedicated to seeing the end of NTDs. This month, we are proud to extend this honor to two students who have worked together over the past year to establish an END7 presence at Georgetown University. We are very proud to introduce our November Students of the Month, Ali Carter and Collin Leibold, co-chairs of END7 at Georgetown. Ali, a senior Biology of Global Health major, shares:

“I first learned about NTDs when I was studying abroad in Costa Rica on a tropical medicine program, and I was thrilled to hear about END7 when I returned.  Georgetown has been a great place to start an END7 chapter because so many students here are interested in health, international affairs, and social justice.  We have been steadily working to build up awareness of NTDs on campus and have had a really fun time coming up with creative ideas for fundraising and planning events.  It has been wonderful to be a part of the END7 Student Advisory Board community to have a constant supply of motivation and support.  END7 at Georgetown’s big goal is to achieve official university recognition and gain access to benefits for student groups, but in the meantime we are hard at work planning for our Giving Tuesday fundraiser and the spring semester!”

Collin, also a senior in the Biology of Health program, adds, the “The highlight of my work with END7 at Georgetown so far has been giving a presentation on NTDs at the Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice, a conference attended by students at Jesuit universities across the United States. It was rewarding to see students at other Catholic universities get excited about working with END7. Some parts of starting a student group at Georgetown have been easy, like finding passionate students who want to be involved as members of the board, for example; but other parts have been harder, like getting recognized by the University as an official student group. But with the support of the END7 team and the other END7 student groups across the country, we’re confident that we can get there.”

We are very grateful for Ali and Collin’s partnership, which has been integral to END7 at Georgetown’s progress this year. The group has already held multiple fundraisers and partnered with the Biology of Global Health major at Georgetown to host Sabin Vaccine Institute president Dr. Peter Hotez for a lecture on campus last week, and they’re on track to accomplish even more in the spring semester.

We are grateful for the support of the Georgetown community and excited to see our community of student supporters like Ali and Collin continue to grow. If you are ready to get your school involved in END7’s work, contact student coordinator Emily on Facebook or at Emily.Conron@sabin.org to learn how you can get started!

With END7 Support, Nigeria Reaches More Communities at Risk for NTDs

 

Photo by MITOSATH

Photo by MITOSATH

All seven of the most common neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are found in Nigeria. With an estimated 100 million people at risk for at least one NTD, Nigeria has the highest burden in Africa.

While Nigeria has a multi-year plan to control or eliminate the seven most common NTDs by 2020 –additional resources are still needed to reach all communities at risk of contracting NTDs.

To support Nigeria’s NTD efforts, the END7 campaign donated $84,000 towards MITOSATH, a Nigerian nonprofit organization that works to control and eliminate NTDs within the country. Specifically, END7 funds supported MITOSATH’s efforts in Bauchi State.

Thanks to the generosity of END7 supporters, more than 2,500 school teachers, community drug distributors and health facility staff members were trained on how to carry out a mass drug administration (MDA). END7 funds also supported MITOSATH’s efforts to increase awareness among community members about NTDs.

In total, these combined efforts ensured the treatment of more than 740,000 people in three Local Government Areas (LGAs) within Bauchi state. Even more, 9,000 of these were school children who were treated for schistosomiasis and intestinal worms for the first time, signaling another step towards NTD control and elimination!

Photo by MITOSATH

Photo by MITOSATH