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Weekly Blog Round Up 9/13-9/17

September 17th, 2010

Its been an eventful week for End the Neglect! This week on the blog

  1. The Center for High Impact Philanthropy, a part of the University of Pennsylvania, did a five-part series this week in anticipation of the upcoming Millennium Development Goals Summit next week. Check out parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
  2. We had a great list of reads full of news about NTDs and the MDGs.
  3. The UN Foundation has a number of PSAs showing on the Toshiba screen in Times Square leading up to the MDGs take a look at the one ending poverty and the one on protecting girls.
  4. TEDxFoggyBottom will take place next Monday September 20, and we featured a teaser with all the information needed to attend.
  5. Guest blogger Alanna Shaikh discusses four unexpected impacts of NTDs.
  6. Kim Koporc from Children Without Worms informs readers about the holistic approach to treating worms in women and children.
  7. We captured some amazing photos of our 15 second spot on the CBS Superscreen in Times Square!
  8. Global Networks Policy Director Michelle Brooks attended the screening for the film  The Test, which provided an on-the-ground example of what disease prevention and treatment integration could look like.
  9. Global Network has been selected as a TwitCause and will be a featured charity all next week!

Neglected in Research and Development

September 16th, 2010

Center for High Impact Philanthropy continues their week-long series on NTDs:

Reprinted with permission from the Center for High Impact Philanthropy.
The Clinton Global Initiative, UN Summit on Millennium Development Goals, and TEDxChange are only one week away. We present this series of five daily blogs on Neglected Tropical Diseases as an example of an area where philanthropists can make a big social impact. This is the fourth in a series of five posts that look at the impact of neglected tropical diseases and why philanthropists focused on health may be interested. Although neglected tropical diseases affect a large number of people, they receive relatively little attention in health care research.1 In the previous blogs we’ve seen how inexpensive antibiotics can drastically reduce suffering, but for some neglected diseases more research is needed.

A few neglected tropical diseases are still considered “tool deficient”, meaning they do not have safe and inexpensive treatment options or ways to diagnose them. Investment in neglected tropical disease research offers a promising gap to be filled.

While the development of new pharmaceuticals can take time, investments toward finding safer drugs or vaccines could change how diseases are treated in large scale ways. One new drug or vaccine that is deemed safe and effective can have a global impact on millions of lives.

The difficulty of drugs:

Drug treatment research is difficult because it is costly and time consuming. Cancer drug research companies may invest millions of dollars before successfully finding a useful drug, which in turn makes those drugs extremely expensive. However, the people consuming drugs for NTDs are often too poor to afford them, so there is decreased revenue incentive for companies to invest in research and development in this area. Through charitable donations, public-private partnerships of commercial drug companies and nonprofit research efforts (e.g. Drugs for Neglected Disease Initiative DNDi) can focus on improving treatment for these neglected diseases.

Read more: Neglected in Research and Development

Access to medication is a start, but long term change is needed for the poor

September 15th, 2010

Today marks Day 3 of the Center for High Impact Philanthropys special series on NTDs. The post below focuses on prevention and treatment of NTDs:

Reprinted with permission from the Center for High Impact Philanthropy.

The Clinton Global Initiative, UN Summit on Millennium Development Goals, and TEDxChange are only one week away. We present this series of five daily blogs on Neglected Tropical Diseases as an example of an area where philanthropists can make a big social impact. This is the third in a series of five posts that look at the impact of neglected tropical diseases and why philanthropists focused on health may be interested. In the previous blog, we saw how cost-effective treatment can be for some neglected tropical diseases. Those types of interventions are available right now. However, investments are also needed to treat the root causes of these diseases in order to produce long term elimination.

Nyakeir, a young girl from Southern Sudan describes what a difference sight-saving surgery can have for the treatment of blinding trachoma.

“Now since my surgery, I have been telling everyone I see suffering with trichiasis that they should go to the clinic and be helped. Now that I can see, I told my family that I want to go to school and become a successful person. I want to be an example to others who are suffering from trachoma, to show them that they can be treated and live a successful life.”1

NTD Snapshot2

Read more: Access to medication is a start, but long term change is needed for the poor

NTDs Featured on Center for High Impact Philanthropy!

September 13th, 2010

The Center for High Impact Philanthropy, a part of the University of Pennsylvania,is doing a five-part series this week in anticipation of the upcoming Millennium Development Goals Summit that will take place early next week. End the Neglect will showcase each part of the series:

Reprinted with permission from the Center for High Impact Philanthropy.

What are neglected tropical diseases? (Part 1)

The Clinton Global Initiative, UN Summit on Millennium Development Goals, and TEDxChange are only one week away. We present this series of five daily blogs on Neglected Tropical Diseases as an example of an area where philanthropists can make a big social impact. This is the first in a series of five posts that look at the impact of neglected tropical diseases and why philanthropists focused on health may be interested. Read more: NTDs Featured on Center for High Impact Philanthropy!

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