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END7 Infographic: How NTD Donations Help Endemic Communities Worldwide

 

We here at END7 are always exploring innovative ways to raise awareness about neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and to show how donations made to END7 help NTD endemic communities worldwide.  In our featured infographic below, we used the visual elements of comics to create a simple infographic that showcases the impact of generous donations made to END7 to support NTD treatment programs.

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It’s safe to say that we’ve all read a few comic books or comic strips in our lifetime. Whether you’ve read comics as a child or still read them today, comics are continually used to effectively illustrate stories and ideas in ways that quickly capture attention. The visual medium of comics combines text and visual images together to simplify complex information and to communicate it in a visually dynamic manner.

In the image above, our aspiring doctor and NTD advocate, “Joy”, explains how 1 in 6 people (approximately 1.4 billion people) are infected with NTDs. She also explains step-by-step how a 50 cent donation helps protect people worldwide from the seven most common NTDs. The pills to treat the most common NTDs are donated by pharmaceutical companies. 100 percent of donations given to END7 support NTD treatment programs in Asia, Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean, the regions with the largest NTD burdens.

As you can see, a donation for as little as 50 cents stretches a long way towards helping communities suffering from NTDs!

To learn more about NTDs and how you can help end 7 diseases by 2020, visit www.end7.org. Help us show more people how they can help prevent NTDs around the world by sharing this creative infographic with your friends, family, and peers!

Calling All Campus Campaigners!: END7’s New Resources to Support Student NTD Advocacy

 

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Over the past year, the END7 campaign has dramatically increased its base of student supporters at universities around the world. Students at dozens of universities have organized advocacy, education, and fundraising events, raising over $21,000 for END7 during the 2013-2014 academic year alone. The representatives of the END7 Student Advisory Board are hard at work planning a new year of on-campus activities to support the NTD control and elimination effort.

This year, the END7 campaign is involving students in promoting all of our online advocacy actions and providing them with resources to plan their own events on campus. September’s focus centers on the opening of the 69th United Nations General Assembly in New York – the starting point for the final round of deliberations that will finalize the post-2015 development agenda and adjoining Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs, which will succeed the Millennium Development Goals set in 2000, will play a key role in guiding international development and global health efforts over the next fifteen years. It is critical that a health target to control and eliminate NTDs is included in the final SDGs, not only to ensure that they are prioritized on national and global development agendas over the next fifteen years, but also because treating these diseases is necessary to ensure that our goals to improve nutrition, education, health and economic productivity are successful.

To that end, END7 has launched a petition targeting Ambassador Elizabeth M. Cousens, United States representative to the UN Social and Economic Council, asking her to continue to support the inclusion of NTDs in the SDGs as the goals are being finalized over the next year. To help us spread the word and collect more signatures on this important petition, we created a Student Action Kit to give students all the tools they need to be informed and effective NTD advocates: key facts about the United Nations and the SDGs, suggested tweets to promote the petition, ideas for events to help drum up support on campus, links to factsheets and a downloadable poster to spread the word, and even a Prezi presentation students can give to classes and club meetings.

Students have already made tremendous progress in their advocacy – in just one week, they’ve collected over 500 signatures on the petition, and our END7 Student Advisory Board representatives are poised to collect 500 more on post cards we printed with space for personal messages asking Ambassador Cousens for her support of the inclusion of NTDs in the SDGs. We know this outpouring of public support will send a strong message to the United Nations as we chart a course for the next fifteen years of international development efforts – a message that our generation is committed to seeing the end of NTDs.

We are so proud of our student supporters’ efforts to speak out on behalf of the poor and vulnerable communities most impacted by NTDs. If you (or a student you know!) want to get your campus involved, email me at emily.conron@sabin.org to get started, check out our Ideas for Students, and join our END7 Students Facebook group.

Why focus on NTDs, and Why Now?

 

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Of all the challenges our world faces, why do we focus on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)?

For END7, the answer is simple. Because these are the most common diseases of the world’s poor, affecting more than a billion people around the world. And treatment and control of NTDs is critical to ending extreme poverty and malnutrition. These diseases stunt children’s growth and ability to learn. Parents grow too weak or disabled to provide for their children. As a result, they trap entire communities in a cycle of disease and poverty.

Not only is NTD treatment inexpensive (we can treat these debilitating diseases with a packet of donated pills), treating these diseases is necessary to ensure that global efforts to aid nutrition, education and development are successful.

Why do we need to act now?

As August comes to a close, we’re approaching a critical moment in the fight against NTDs. This year, for the first time, NTDs are included in the ‘global development to do list’ — an early draft of the Sustainable Development Goals that will guide the world’s efforts to end extreme poverty by 2030.

For the first time, world leaders would prioritize ending the suffering of the world’s poor from NTDs — if we make sure controlling and eliminating NTDs remains a development goal.

High level discussions will begin this fall and we need your help to ensure that NTDs remain in the SDGs during UN Member State negotiations throughout the coming over the next year.

Join us this month in spreading the word. We’re at a critical point in the fight against NTDs and are grateful to have so many END7 supporters speaking out.

Help us grow the movement by sharing this image. And tell us why you’re fighting NTDs by using the hashtag #NTDsnow.

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How END7 Support Helps Countries across the World

 

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END7 supporters are proving success is possible; they have already helped strengthen neglected tropical disease (NTD) treatment programs in Kenya, Myanmar, Sierra Leone and Honduras. And together, we have plans to support Peru, Vietnam, Nigeria and Indonesia too!

END7 donations go a long way, especially since 100 percent of donations made go directly to NTD treatment programs in Asia, Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean, the regions with the largest NTD burdens.

This money helps train the community health workers that deliver the NTD medicine to communities, fund educational materials that teach kids how to prevent NTDs, support the delivery of NTD medicine to remote areas, provide clean water to communities and strengthen these country’s abilities to help their own people who suffer daily from NTDs.

These parasitic and bacterial diseases infect 1.4 billion people worldwide, causing unnecessary suffering and trapping families in poverty.

Dedicated partners, including ministries of health and education, governments, regional institutions like the Pan American Health Organization and many NGOs – including the Global Network and its END7 campaign – work hard to support countries around the world that are plagued by NTDs. seventy-four countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America have already developed plans to control and eliminate NTDs. But often these countries lack the money or resources necessary to carry out their plans year after year.

Together, we’re making real progress. Because of the dedicated support of people like you, girls like Pwint Yamone-Thin are healthy, active and free of NTDs; Kids like Neema and Fatuma Kahindi have a brighter future.

See the projects END7 donations supported and the impact they’re are making on the lives of those who needlessly suffer from NTDs.

While we’ve done so much together, we must continue to support those suffering from NTDs. By donating to END7 today, you’ll ensure that more children around the world live happy and healthy lives. Your support means that governments around the world can continue to provide NTD treatment to their most vulnerable populations – and end NTDs once and for all. Donate now.