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2019

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. Continue Reading USAID Launches Program, Highlights Ugandan Government Commitment to Fighting Disease

By |April 30th, 2019|Categories: 2019, Newsroom|

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. Continue Reading USAID Supports Clinical Trials for Lymphedema Relief

By |April 3rd, 2019|Categories: 2019, Newsroom|

2018

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

By |September 19th, 2018|Categories: 2018, Newsroom|

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

By |September 14th, 2018|Categories: 2018, Newsroom|

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

By |July 25th, 2018|Categories: 2018, Newsroom|

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. Continue Reading Now in Sight: Success Against an Infection That Blinds

By |July 18th, 2018|Categories: 2018, Newsroom|

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

By |July 10th, 2018|Categories: 2018, Newsroom|

USAID Neglected Tropical Disease 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. Continue Reading USAID Neglected Tropical Disease Program 2016 Evaluation

By |April 10th, 2018|Categories: 2018, Newsroom|

2017

NTD Donor Landscape 2017

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. Continue Reading NTD Donor Landscape 2017

By |July 15th, 2020|Categories: 2017, Newsroom|

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. Continue Reading 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

By |November 15th, 2017|Categories: 2017, Newsroom|

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

By |September 29th, 2017|Categories: 2017, Newsroom|

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. Continue Reading Cambodia and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic Wipe out Trachoma—Leading Infectious Cause of Blindness

By |September 19th, 2017|Categories: 2017, Newsroom|

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. Continue Reading Neglected Tropical Diseases Technical Consultation Executive Summary

By |August 15th, 2017|Categories: 2017, Newsroom|

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. Continue Reading 85 Million People Treated for Trachoma through Expanded Access to Medicine

By |July 13th, 2017|Categories: 2017, Newsroom|

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. Continue Reading Supervising Trichiasis Surgeons: It’s All About Support

By |June 21st, 2017|Categories: 2017, Newsroom|

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. Continue Reading Announcing the African Researchers’ Small Grants Program

By |January 11th, 2017|Categories: 2017, Newsroom|

2016

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. Continue Reading USAID’s Plan to Eliminate NTDs: What You Need to Know

By |December 9th, 2016|Categories: 2016, Newsroom|

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

By |December 1st, 2016|Categories: 2016, Newsroom|

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. Continue Reading We Must Finish Fight against Diseases We’ve Overlooked for Too Long

By |November 28th, 2016|Categories: 2016, Newsroom|

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

By |October 13th, 2016|Categories: 2016, Newsroom|

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. Continue Reading For Trichiasis Surgeons, It Helps to Learn from a Dummy

By |June 2nd, 2016|Categories: 2016, Newsroom|

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. Continue Reading USAID Announces $4 Million Contribution in Support of ESPEN

By |May 26th, 2016|Categories: 2016, Newsroom|

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. Continue Reading Meet the Team Working to Eliminate One of the World’s Leading Causes of Blindess

By |May 17th, 2016|Categories: 2016, Newsroom|

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. Continue Reading Meet the National Parasite Collection’s Most Fascinating Creepy-Crawlies

By |March 19th, 2016|Categories: 2016, Newsroom|

2015

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). Continue Reading Participate in the Global NGO Deworming Inventory

By |August 31st, 2015|Categories: 2015, Newsroom|

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. Continue Reading Domestic Financing Critical to Achieving the NTD 2020 Goals

By |June 25th, 2015|Categories: 2015, Newsroom|

2014

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

By |September 2nd, 2014|Categories: 2014, Newsroom|
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