First-Ever World NTDs Day


In early 2020, USAID participated in the first, annual World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day. Learn more about how we observed this important day.


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“Abundant” Untapped African Research Expertise


The USAID co-funded Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases (COR-NTD) recently put out its third call for small grants for African researchers working to fight NTDs. They received an incredible increase in applications.

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NTD Leaders Being Recognized


In case you missed it, see the most recent announcement of honorees and finalists for the REACH award.

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Morbidity Management and Disability Prevention Resources


Check out resources from USAID’s Morbidity Management and Disability Project, led by Helen Keller International.


Interested in NTD Research? See Grant Opportunity.


This third edition of the Small Grants Program (SGP III) is to support African researchers in both early and mid/late career to undertake operational research aligned with the goals established in the London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases.

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The Best Medicine


See how USAID is working alongside the Government of Indonesia in their quest to eliminate the debilitating disease lymphatic filariasis.

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Fact Sheet: Working to Protect Against Neglected Tropical Diseases


This two-page fact sheet explains how the USAID Neglected Tropical Diseases Program tackles the most prevalent neglected tropical diseases.

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More Resources for NTD Research


USAID’s Neglected Tropical Diseases Division is pleased to announce new funding for research to support NTD programs through a five-year, nearly $30 million grant extension to the Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases (COR-NTD).

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USAID Launches Program, Highlights Ugandan Government Commitment to Fighting Disease


USAID, in collaboration with 13 ministries of health, formally launched a new program to control and eliminate five NTDs in Southeast Asia, East Africa and elsewhere. The five-year, USAID-funded Act to End NTDs | East program is successor to USAID’s ENVISION project. The launch of the new program took place April 29-30 in Kampala.

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USAID Supports Clinical Trials for Lymphedema Relief


For people with disfiguring lymphedema, the hope that a drug may help reduce inflammation and swelling — potentially returning to them a life of dignity — is huge cause for celebration. USAID is supporting clinical drug trials in three countries to further this important work.

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World Lymphedema Day is an annual day of celebration held March 6th to educate the world about lymphedema and lymphatic diseases. Learn more how USAID and partners are keeping up the fight against lymphatic filariasis.

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Research for Africans, by Africans


For the second year, USAID awarded a group of African researchers’ small grants for neglected tropical disease research. The 18 African Researchers’ Small Grants Program awardees hail from 10 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Taking Action to End NTDs


Last year USAID’s Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Division announced two new five-year, flagship awards that will lead the Agency’s next generation of NTD programming. These two programs are now named Act to End NTDs | West and Act to End NTDs | East.


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USAID Launches New Award to End Neglected Tropical Diseases in 11 West African Countries


The U.S. Agency for International Development, in collaboration with 11 ministries of health, launched a program to eliminate or control five neglected tropical diseases in sub-Saharan West Africa.

Truong Van Duc washes his leg, which is swollen from lymphedema caused by lymphatic filariasis. Proper self-care is essential for preventing further complications. Photo credit: RTI International/Nguyen Minh Duc

Vietnam Eliminates Lymphatic Filariasis as a Public Health Problem


The World Health Organization announced the Republic of Vietnam has eliminated lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem. USAID congratulates the Government of Vietnam and partners on this extraordinary, decades-long achievement.

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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.

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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.

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Notice of Award: Control and Elimination Program for Neglected Tropical Diseases, Element Two


USAID’s Bureau for Global Health, Office of Infectious Disease, Neglected Tropical Diseases Division is pleased to announce the award of the Control and Elimination Program for Neglected Tropical Diseases, Element Two.

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Notice of Award: Control and Elimination Program for Neglected Tropical Diseases, Element One


USAID’s Bureau for Global Health, Office of Infectious Disease, Neglected Tropical Diseases Division, is pleased to announce the award of the Control and Elimination Program for Neglected Tropical Diseases Element One. This award builds on the success of previous USAID investments in NTD programs to achieve the WHO 2020 NTD goals.

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Now in Sight: Success Against an Infection That Blinds


Quietly, in the shadow of fights against better-known diseases like Ebola, AIDS and malaria, the 20-year battle against trachoma is chalking up impressive victories. Those successes, experts say, show the wisdom of advocating and enforcing basic public health practices, rather than waiting for a miracle cure or a new vaccine. They are also a testament to the unheralded but steady generosity of Americans.

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Nepal and Ghana Exemplify the Journey Toward Self-Reliance in Eliminating Trachoma


In May, the World Health Organization declared that Ghana and Nepal achieved the milestone of eliminating trachoma as a public health problem. Their success demonstrates that sustained commitment and global partnership can lead to significant reductions in neglected tropical diseases.

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Surviving the Snails of Uganda


For more than 10 years, partners including RTI International and the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative have supported Uganda’s Ministry of Health – ensuring all schistosomiasis endemic districts in the country are covered with life-saving medication and helping to prevent future morbidity in a generation of Ugandan children. In doing so, USAID is helping ensure that a healthy Ugandan population can contribute to their economy and lead their country to prosperity.

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Two States in Nigeria Interrupt Transmission of River Blindness


Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Health has interrupted transmission of river blindness in two large states and as a result will stop mass drug administration (MDA) of ivermectin (Mectizan®) in 2018.

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USAID Neglected Tropical Diseases Program 2016 Evaluation


In recognition of the 10-year anniversary of the USAID NTD program, the Agency commissioned an independent evaluation to better understand how the program has contributed to achieving the World Health Organization (WHO) 2020 NTD goals and inform the future direction of the Agency NTD Program.



Reaching the Last Mile

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Launches Reaching the Last Mile Fund to Raise $100 Million to End River Blindness and Lymphatic Filariasis


USAID looks forward to collaborating with the newly launched Fund to advance the elimination agenda, coordinating and co-investing in countries where USAID is currently providing support.

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Bill Gates Visits His First MDA in a USAID Supported Area of Tanzania


Bill Gates visits Tanzania to find out about how they mobilized their health systems to support mass drug administration to combat neglected tropical diseases.

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U.S. Agency for International Development Recognizes the Distinguished Career of Dr. Dirk Engels


U.S. Agency for International Development recognizes the distinguished career of Dr. Dirk Engels and in particular his enormous contribution and service in the fight against neglected tropical diseases. Dr. Engles retired on September 29, 2017.

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Cambodia and the Lao People's Democratic Republic Wipe out Trachoma—Leading Infectious Cause of Blindness


On September 19th, The World Health Organization (WHO) congratulated the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic on eliminating trachoma as a public health problem.

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Neglected Tropical Diseases Technical Consultation Executive Summary


On May 9th, 2017, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) hosted over 50 public, private, and nonprofit organizations working or interested in neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in a daylong technical consultation meeting organized by USAID’s NTD Division. Please read the executive summary of the technical consultation.

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85 Million People Treated for Trachoma through Expanded Access to Medicine


New data released by the World Health Organization (WHO) show a remarkable 63% increase in the number of people treated with an antibiotic for trachoma during the period 2014–2016, considerably improving prospects for the global elimination of the disease.

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Supervising Trichiasis Surgeons: It’s All About Support


By training and deploying surgical supportive supervisors, the USAID-funded MMDP Project helps trichiasis surgeons continually improve, and ensures that patients receive the highest quality services possible. It’s just one way the MMDP Project supports countries in meeting their trachoma elimination goals.


Six African Scientists Receive Inaugural Grants for Operational Research on NTDs


The first-ever grantees of the African Researchers' Small Grants program were announced; winners will receive support to conduct NTD research in their home countries of Cameroon, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Togo.


Closer than Ever


CAPT Stephanie R. Bialek, Chief of the Parasitic Diseases Branch at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says we are closer than ever to beating NTDs.

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Unprecedented Progress against Neglected Tropical Diseases, WHO Reports


WHO releases Fourth report on neglected tropical diseases: Integrating neglected tropical diseases in global health and development

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NTD Donor Landscape 2016


The donor landscape has been initiated by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID), both supporters of the World Health Organization’s 2020 goals to control or eliminate neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). This document was developed in response to the growing number of requests from the global NTD community to better understand the focus of donor contributions.

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UK to Protect 200 Million People from Tropical Diseases


The UK announces a doubling of support to fight Neglected Tropical Diseases, such as trachoma, Guinea worm and river blindness, over the next 5 years.

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Elephantiasis is no longer a public health problem in Togo: WHO commends Togo for Historic Achievement


After over a decade of persistent efforts, Togo has eliminated lymphatic filariasis – also known as elephantiasis – as a public health problem.

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10 Years of Progress: USAID Neglected Tropical Diseases Program brochure


The USAID Neglected Tropical Diseases Program is celebrating 10 years of progress. This brochure features key moments of the USAID NTD Program’s 10 year history.

Halimata the day after trichiasis surgery, free of pain for the first time in years. Photo credit: Awa Dieng

"It's Magical" - Halimata's Story


Through village-based, quality-focused surgery campaigns, the USAID-funded MMDP Project is bringing trichiasis sufferers relief, joy, and a new chance at life. Some might even call it magic.

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The Fifth Anniversary of the London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases


USAID was among the original endorsers of the 2012 London Declaration on NTDs. This global declaration marks a key moment in USAID’s 10-year history in tackling NTDs.


Announcing the African Researchers' Small Grants Program


With support from USAID, the African Research Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases is collaborating with the Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases to initiate the African Researchers’ Small Grants Program. A formal call for proposals is available here.


From left: Emmanuel Kwame lost his sight to river blindness as a young man in Ghana; a bed net keeps mosquitoes away from a mother and child in a Somalian hospital; extracting a guinea worm from an infected person. Photo Credit: Getty Images and NPR

Wins And Losses In Global Health In 2016


Rob Henry, a senior public health adviser with USAID's Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) program, shares Drazen's outlook: "I think 2016 was an excellent year," he says.

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USAID's Plan to Eliminate NTDs: What You Need to Know


Earlier this year, the U.S. Agency for International Development marked 10 years of work on NTDs and launched a new five-year strategy to eliminate trachoma, the world's leading cause of preventable blindness, and lymphatic filariasis, a painful and disfiguring parasitic infection transmitted by mosquitoes.

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Reviews Set Out UK Vision for an Open, Modern Development System


The UK launched two reviews on December 1, 2016, that establish how the UK will champion an open, modern and innovative approach to development that will effectively tackle the global challenges of the 21st century while delivering the best results for the world’s poorest: Raising the standard: The Multilateral Development Review 2016 and Rising to the challenge of ending poverty: The Bilateral Development Review 2016.


We Must Finish Fight against Diseases We've Overlooked for Too Long


Neglected tropical diseases, or NTDs, are a group of debilitating illnesses that affect the poorest and most marginalized communities in the world. They can kill -- NTDs cause about 150,000 deaths every year -- but their main impact is to sicken and disable. Approximately 1.6 billion people are affected by one or more NTD.

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Morocco Eliminates Trachoma – the Leading Infectious Cause of Blindness


On November 15, 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledged the elimination of trachoma as a public health problem in Morocco.

Emily Toubali is Director of the MMDP Project, which helps countries provide high-quality treatment and care for people suffering from the debilitating effects of trachoma and lymphatic filariasis.

“It’s When the Sun Rises and the Wind Blows.” On World Sight Day, Let’s Recommit to Ending Trachoma By Emily Troubali


Across the globe, there are 200 million people at risk of trachoma, a preventable, blinding infectious disease. More than three million people are in need of immediate surgery to avoid blindness due to trichiasis, a manifestation of trachoma that causes eyelashes to turn inward, scraping the cornea with each blink. We blink 19,000 times a day.

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Cambodia, Cook Islands, Niue and Vanuatu Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis as a Public Health Problem


After over a decade of efforts, Cambodia, Cook Islands, Niue and Vanuatu have eliminated lymphatic filariasis—also known as elephantiasis—as a public health problem.

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USAID & Partners Announce $6 billion to Expand Fight Against Neglected Tropical Diseases


The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today announced new partnerships to help countries eliminate and control neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).

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Women and NTD Elimination in Indonesia: Wita’s Story


Wita Larasati and her husband ventured to their local mosque. They were answering their mayor’s personal call for all eligible residents to take treatment for lymphatic filariasis (LF), a painful and disfiguring parasitic infection.

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A Mannequin Named FAST Joins the Fight against Lymphatic Filariasis


Customs officials in Africa may be a bit surprised when they look inside several boxes due to arrive soon from the United States But the unusual cargo – a life-size model of a man's groin – is for a good cause.

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Q&A: How We Are Working to Rid Mozambique of a Blinding Disease


In Mozambique, almost 7 million people are at risk of losing their sight from trachoma, an eye infection that is the world’s leading cause of blindness.

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For Trichiasis Surgeons, It Helps to Learn from a Dummy


The result was HEAD START, a brown-eyed, silicone mannequin that gazes patiently upward as students swath it in sterile drapes and cut into its orbicularis muscle, tarsal plate and conjunctiva. Crucial to the design are the dummy’s removable eyelids, which allow trainees to examine the precision of their work.

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USAID Announces $4 Million Contribution in Support of ESPEN


USAID joins the Kuwait Fund, the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID), the World Bank, the END Fund, the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa, MSD, Sightsavers, and other organizations, which are together providing a cumulative $11.4 million in seed funding.

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Meet the Team Working to Eliminate One of the World's Leading Causes of Blindess


Preschool-aged children like Anwar, who often live in extreme poverty, are most at risk of contracting Chlamydia trachomatis, a bacterium that spreads through eye and nose discharge, hand contact and flies. With repeated episodes of infections over many years, it causes the eyelashes to turn inward, scraping the cornea, causing great pain and eventually leading to blindness.

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USAID-funded MMDP Project Launches New Website


The USAID-funded Morbidity Management and Disability Prevention (MMDP) Project, managed by Helen Keller International, has a new website aimed at providing information on the program’s goals and objectives as well as highlighting progress.

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Time to Draw a New Map for NTDs?


The problem in middle-income countries — many which have the resources to treat NTDs — is that there can be a lack of political will to extend those resources to people most in need, according to Angela Weaver, senior technical adviser at USAID’s NTD program.

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Meet the National Parasite Collection's Most Fascinating Creepy-Crawlies


You won't be able to see any of the 20 million or so creatures in the National Parasite Collection for a while because displays take a few years to create. In the meantime, here are some of the collection's most fascinating creepy-crawlies, chosen by Anna J. Phillips, research zoologist at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

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In Fond Memory of Dr. V. Kumaraswami


Dr. Kumaraswami influenced so much and meant a lot to so many in the NTD community, from the young students he mentored to leading researchers in the global NTD arena. He no doubt made a huge impact on the poorest and most vulnerable populations, particularly those suffering from lymphatic filariasis.

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Now Is the Time to Say "Goodbye"


TRICHIASIS, the last stage of an infection called trachoma, rarely hits the headlines. That is because it does not kill. It does, however, blind. More than 2million people suffer, half of whom have lost their vision.

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Global Disease Mapping Identifies 100 Million People Living at Risk of Blindness from Trachoma


A ground breaking 3-year disease-mapping project has shown that 100 million people are at risk of blindness from trachoma.


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Participate in the Global NGO Deworming Inventory


The Global NGO Deworming Inventory complements the WHO Preventive Chemotherapy Databank by collecting district-level data on NGO-administered deworming treatments. The Inventory is a collaborative project of WHO, the STH Coalition, and the Global Schistosomiasis Alliance, in partnership with Children Without Worms (CWW).

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Domestic Financing Critical to Achieving the NTD 2020 Goals


The Third Progress Report of the London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) "Country Leadership and Collaboration on Neglected Tropical Diseases," released June 25, 2015, notes that significant global progress has been made in raising the visibility of NTDs and in introducing and expanding national NTD programs.

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Dr. Adrian Hopkins Appointed to Order of British Empire


We are delighted to announce that Dr. Adrian Hopkins, Mectizan Donation Program Director, has been appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in recognition of his humanitarian service in Africa.

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Planning for Elimination within the USAID NTD Portfolio


USAID's NTD team, key partners, and representatives from NTD programs of 10 USAID-supported countries recently met to discuss critical strategies to eliminate neglected tropical diseases.

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German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina Calls for Action on Tropical Diseases


The national science academies of the G7 countries are urging their respective heads of government to take action on neglected tropical diseases.

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Ending the "Neglect" in Neglected Tropical Diseases


For almost a decade, USAID has supported the delivery of preventive drug treatments for neglected tropical diseases around the globe.


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Wine and Worms Celebration at USAID


USAID's Assistant Administrator for Global Health, Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez, and staff from across the Agency’s Global Health Bureau celebrate the One Billion and Counting Campaign in Washington, D.C. Visit the photo gallery to browse all the photos from the event.

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Ghana Creates Public-private Partnerships to Ramp Up NTD Diagnoses and Treatments


Are there opportunities out there for public-private collaboration on NTDs? The Ghana NTD Programme certainly thinks so. Learn how it’s working with the country’s Society of Private Medical and Dental Practitioners (SPMDP) to collaborate more effectively.

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Nepal Joins USAID’s NTD Program in Celebrating the Support of the One Billionth Treatment


The government of Nepal joined the global community to celebrate USAID’s landmark achievement in supporting 1 billion treatments for NTDs in 2014.

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Photo Gallery Launch at the American Cultural Center, Maputo, Mozambique, in Recognition of USAID’s One Billion and Counting Campaign


A Photo Gallery was launched in recognition of USAID’s One Billion and Counting Campaign: Accelerating Action to Eliminate NTDs at the American Cultural Center in Maputo, Mozambique.

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Indonesia Honors Two Unsung Heroes as Part of USAID's One Billion Campaign


Indonesia honored two unsung heroes as part of the USAID One Billion Celebration during their 2014 Stakeholders’ Meeting held in Jakarta, Indonesia, on August 11, 2014.

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Global Fight against Neglected Tropical Diseases Reaches 465 Million People


USAID celebrates its support of the delivery of 1 billion NTD treatments that are helping more than 465 million people in 25 countries.