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Dr. Mwelecele Ntuli Malecela; Photo credit: WHO

USAID Applauds WHO Appointment of Dr. Mwele Malecela


The U.S. Agency for International Development applauds the appointment of Dr. Mwelecele Ntuli Malecela as the Director of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases of the World Health Organization.

Members of a household wait to have their eyes checked by William Azabo, Trachoma Grader, for clinical signs of trachoma.

Seeking Refuge: Improving the Health of Refugees in Uganda’s West Nile


Once refugees cross the Ugandan border, crowded living conditions, limited access to clean water, and poor sanitation in settlements can lead to other threats such as infection and disease. Assessing the burden, providing treatment and preventing neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) among refugees is essential to improving the health of refugees and a key part of Uganda’s strategy to eliminate NTDs.

A young person recieves medicine from a community health worker. Photo credit: Steven Adams/Pfizer.

Drug Makers Give Billions to Fight Neglected Tropical Diseases


A recent article in The Chronicle of Philanthropy highlights the significant contributions USAID and pharmaceutical companies have made towards the global progress of neglected tropical diseases elimination and control.