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USAID's Neglected Tropical Diseases Program
USAID's Neglected Tropical Disease Program

  • NTDs thrive under conditions of poverty, poor sanitation, unsafe water, and malnutrition
  • NTDs can blind, deform, and debilitate their victims
  • NTDs compromise mental and physical development, reduce school enrollment, and hinder economic productivity
  • Preventing NTDs attacks a root cause of poverty that affects a significant proportion of the world’s population
  • Safe and effective drugs are now available to prevent the most common NTDs

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The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine Announces £3 Billion Ross Fund to Support the Global Fight Against Infectious Diseases

Along with the support for malaria and other infectious diseases, the fund will allocate £200 million to Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and over £300 million fighting antimicrobial resistance.

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Video: Global Trachoma Mapping Project

USAID is a partner in the Global Trachoma Mapping Project, the largest mapping project in history. By the time the project ends in 2015, it will have mapped the global prevalence of trachoma in three years.

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Bringing NTDs into Sharp Focus: A Joint Vision for Better Sight in Ethiopia

Devex provides a closer look at the global fight against NTDs through a series of exclusive interviews with partners, including USAID, working on the frontlines of NTD control and elimination efforts in Ethiopia.

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VOA's Africa 54 News Highlights Nobel Prize Winners

Voice of America's Africa 54 News highlights the work of the recent Nobel Prize winners who discovered therapies to treat some of the most devastating parasitic diseases in the world.

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3 Scientists Win Nobel Prize in Medicine for Parasite-Fighting Therapies

Three scientists were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering therapies to treat some of the most devastating parasitic diseases in the world. Their award-winning therapies include Ivermectin, which USAID utilizes to help combat river blindness and filariasis.

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New Information on Merck Mectizan Donation Program Available

USAID pharmaceutical partner Merck has new information available regarding their Mectizan donation program. Mectizan is used to curb onchoceriasis and lymphatic filariasis throughout the Americas.

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A child leads a blind woman along a path to the village

Global Partners Celebrate the Donation of 500 Millionth Dose of Zithromax®

The International Trachoma Initiative,Pfizer, Inc., and the International Coalition for Trachoma Control celebrate Pfizer's donation of the 500 millionth dose of Zithromax®, a critical antibiotic used to prevent and treat trachoma.


Onchocerciasis Elimination Program for the Americas  Director, Dr. Mauricio Sauerbrey, stands with three health educators dressed as Mectizan bottles during the visit of the health brigades to Chiapas, Mexico

Mexico Eliminates River Blindness

Mexico recently achieved a monumental feat in officially eliminating onchocerciasis, also known as river blindness, from within its borders. This success is the result of an 80-year campaign to eliminate onchocerciasis and would not have been possible without the dedication of a strong national control program and supportive leadership from the Government of Mexico, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and its partners.