Category Archives: END7

Introducing Lydia Silber, September’s END7 Student of the Month

 

Lydia_END7Each month, END7 honors one student who has made a significant contribution to our growing movement of student advocates dedicated to seeing the end of NTDs. We are very proud to introduce our September Student of the Month, Lydia Silber, a senior at Lake Forest High School in Lake Forest, Illinois. Lydia, who learned about END7 after her sister attended a presentation at Boston University, shares:

“In April, my sister showed me a disturbing YouTube video that said that roughly one out of every six people are infected with a neglected tropical disease (NTDs), and that all it took was $0.50 to treat one person for a whole year. Within weeks, I began fundraising for NTD treatment, and all throughout the summer, I was outside of restaurants and coffee shops raising money for END7. I sold bracelets and held pizza sales for a few weeks too. Though raising money was a huge part of this, to me raising awareness was even more important. I just wanted to supply as many people as I could find with access to information about NTD’s and insight into how treatable they are. I wear my bracelet every day, and each time I look at it, I am reminded that a lot of work still needs to be done for END7. I hope that all of the people that wear their bracelets think the same, and continue to spread the word. If my hopes are a reality, then I am confident that we will see the end of all seven of those NTDs by 2020.”

In all, Lydia raised an incredible $800 for END7 to support NTD treatment programs around the world. Her involvement is a great example of the power of people spreading the word about NTDs and END7 to their friends, family and community, and we are so grateful for her hard work!

We are are excited to see our community of student supporters like Lydia 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!

END7 Supports Strengthening and Scaling-Up of Deworming Campaigns in Peru

 

Peruvian health workers are helping end the burden of NTDs in Peru. Photo by INMED Andes

Peruvian health workers are helping control and eliminate NTDs. Photo by INPPACE 

Approximately 3.5 million children are at risk for intestinal worms – including hookworm, whipworm and roundworm – in Peru. Even though Peru has experienced significant economic growth over the past decade, a large portion of its population continues to live in poverty, with four out of ten families still lacking access to clean water. Environments like these promote the transmission of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) like intestinal worms which can lead to malnutrition and anemia among children.

To address Peru’s NTD burden, the nonprofit organization INMED Partnerships for Children is working in collaboration with regional governments and regional departments of health and education to carry out deworming campaigns to address the burden of intestinal worms in particular. With support from the Global Network’s END7 campaign, INMED recently launched a study to evaluate the impact of these deworming campaigns on addressing intestinal worm infections and the nutritional status of children in Peru’s Ucayali Region. INMED is collaborating with the Peruvian Institute for Clinical and Experimental Parasitology to complete the study.

health workers are trained to measure the height & weight of children. Photo by INMED

Health workers are trained to measure the height & weight of children. Photo by INMED

The study will provide important insights on how to improve the effectiveness of deworming campaigns and will inform the scale up of deworming campaigns across Peru. Peru’s Ministry of Health has called for semiannual national deworming days and with the support of INMED and Johnson & Johnson, Peru will launch a nationwide campaign to treat millions of children living in NTD-endemic areas of Peru at the end of this year.

The END7-supported study will also build the capacity of local health staff. Already, training has been completed for community health workers to deliver deworming medicines, for laboratory technicians to diagnose intestinal worm infections, and for nurses to carry out nutritional assessments such as measuring children’s weight and height and their hemoglobin levels, an important indicator for anemia. By training local staff, INMED is strengthening Peru’s public health sector and creating a sustainable project that will continue to improve the health of Peruvians.

INMED’s efforts to increase access to NTD treatment among the most vulnerable communities in rural areas of Peru are inspiring. Thanks to the generosity of END7 donors, this project will lay the groundwork for future deworming campaigns that will reach more children at risk for intestinal worms in Peru.

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.