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Project For Awesome with END7

 

END7 is excited to be part of the viral video development Project for Awesome. The Project for Awesome is an annual event that sprung out of various YouTube communities to support charities. Every year since 2007, thousands of people post videos to YouTube promoting charities on December 17th. They come together as a community to promote those videos and raise money.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HPeUP_0cGUY

Project for Awesome is an inspirational movement that shows END7 supporters that they can use their voice as well as their creativity in helping to end NTDs. END7 wants to thank two individuals that showed their support for END7. Isabella Bernal and Erica Crouch both made videos explaining their support for eliminating NTDs. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

A Success: USAID’s Neglected Tropical Disease Program

This post has been reprinted with permission from USAID’s IMPACTblog.

By: Elizabeth Thompson, President’s Malaria Initiative USAID/ Bureau for Global Health

A young woman is measured for height to determine her proper treatment dosage for lymphatic filariasis and soil-transmitted helminthes during a mass drug administration in Sierra Leone. Photo credit: Michel Pacque/USAID

There is a group of diseases you don’t hear much about but that has a terrible impact on more than 1 billion people around the world – that’s one sixth of the world’s population. The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified 13 of these as neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and they include such dreaded illnesses as elephantiasis, leprosy, blinding trachoma, and intestinal worms.  Together, NTDs have a disproportionately large impact on poor and rural populations, causing severe illness, disfigurement, and disability. They also perpetuate poverty by reducing people’s ability to work and children’s intellectual and physical development.

Until recently, many countries were treating NTDs through separate, uncoordinated programs. However, pilot studies suggest that it is possible to integrate programs to control and treat seven of these diseases together by providing safe and effective drug treatments once or twice a year to all people in an affected community. This approach, which has been endorsed by WHO and is called mass drug administration (MDA), targets large, at-risk populations, rather than individuals, since NTDs tend to occur together in the same geographic area.  Pilot studies of MDAs of the seven targeted NTDs resulted in significant reductions of illness and transmission of these diseases and indicated that, though there were major challenges, integrating control programs was possible and could result in cost savings and efficiencies. However, it was not clear if integrated programs could be scaled up to the national level.

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Reading List 1/20/2011

It’s a great day for a reading list! Today we’re reading about the new Congress and members who will affect funding levels for U.S. global health programs, former President Jimmy Carter’s recent visit to Sudan to monitor the current referendum, and the role of roundworm in pancreatic cancer research.

Profiles of House Republicans key to global health funding, David Bryden, Science Speaks
112th Congress & Global Health: Additional Profiles of Key Republican House Leaders, David Bryden, Science Speaks
Trip Report by Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter to Sudan, Jan. 5-16, All Africa
Roundworm Unlocks Pancreatic Cancer Pathway, Science Daily

Weighing the consequences: Chinese women go to extreme lengths for weight loss

Within an economic climate where jobs are difficult to come by, many job-seekers are going above and beyond in hopes to secure that dream job. Some are even putting their health at risk. In the Xiamen area of China, newly graduated female students are ingesting roundworm eggs in order to lose weight and gain job interviews. Purposely infecting one’s self with parasites is becoming a trend. Previously, End the Neglect featured an article about helminthic therapy which consists of deliberating infecting one’s self with parasites for health purposes.

Although weight loss may occur when infected by roundworm, there are very serious adverse health consequences associated with roundworm infection. Eggs can travel from the intestine to other parts of the body such as the liver, lungs, or central nervous system and cause symptoms such as fever, coughing, enlarged liver or pneumonia. Furthermore, excess weight loss can lead to anemia. These female students are putting their health in danger by using roundworms as a measure of weight loss. Click here to read the article in its entirety.