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How END7 Supporters Helped Provide Hope and Health to this Kenyan Family

If you travel to the rural village of Burangi, Kenya, you’ll find Fatuma – a small girl with a huge heart and contagious smile.  At just 8-years old, Fatuma devotedly cares for her grandmother and younger sister who suffer from neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).

The heartbreaking impact these debilitating diseases have on Fatuma and her family is captured in this short video.

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But there is plenty of hope. With help from END7 supporters, Kenyas National Program to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (NPELF) delivered pills to treat the NTDs plaguing Fatuma’s family and the rest of their community.

Will you share Fatuma’s story to help more families like hers?

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Rethinking Global Collaborations to Improve Global Health

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By: William Lin, Director of Corporate Contributions at Johnson & Johnson Reprinted from InterActions Aid Buzz

Last month in Geneva, leaders from government, business and non-governmental organizations met to continue the development of the strategy to coordinate efforts to combat one of the most prevalent – yet preventable – infectious conditions in the world. Intestinal worms, also known as soil transmitted helminthes or STH, affect nearly one in four people on the planet, and until recently, bringing the condition under control seemed like a daunting task. However, with the recent commitment of medicines from Johnson & Johnson and GSK, reaching the 600 million school-age children that are at risk suddenly became an attainable goal.

Shoes Save Lives

Reprinted with permission from Toms Shoes:

By: Kim Koporc, Director, Children Without Worms (CWW)

It seems silly but when you think about it, people spend a lot of time deciding what shoes to wear. But for the millions of children living in the developing world, having access to just one pair of shoes can be life changing. Today people across the United States are participating in TOMS Shoes’ One Day Without Shoes – to raise awareness about the number of kids that do not have shoes and the challenges they face.

Not having shoes can be the difference between being sick and well.  Shoes are the buffer between one’s skin and the ground.  The ground is often dirty and can contain fecal matter in communities that lack access to proper sanitation. Shoes keep children free of infections.

Hookworm, one of the three types of STHs, spreads when larvae penetrate the skin – often through bare feet because their families lack the resources to buy shoes. Continue reading

A Call to Action: Deworming Needs in Latin America and the Caribbean

Child infected with a STH.

Washington, D.C. – A new report released today by the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, an initiative of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, highlights theimpact that a small group of neglected diseases are having on children in the Americas and presents concrete policy recommendations that can lead to significant progress in achieving several Millennium Development Goals in the Americas by 2015.

Entitled A Call to Action: Addressing Soil-transmitted Helminths in Latin America and the Caribbean, the report was developed in partnership with the Pan American Health Organization and the Inter-American Development Bank. The findings shed light on the health and economic toll imposed on at-risk populations by three types of parasitic intestinal worms, known collectively as soil-transmitted helminths (STH).

At least 46 million children in the Americas, or nearly 20% in the region, are at risk of becoming infected by these parasites. Infection often leads to chronic malnutrition, impairment of physical and cognitive development, and traps vulnerable populations in a cycle of poverty.

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