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New Book With Foreword by Bill Gates Tells Remarkable Story of Progress Toward Ending Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)—One Step, One Scientist, and One Worm at a Time

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Turned-in eyelashes that scratch the cornea, relentless itching due to millions of worms in the skin, blindness, bloody urine, enlarged scrotums, extremely swollen legs and feet… These are but a few examples of the devastating impact neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) have on people. One and a half billion people—almost 20% of the world’s population—need treatment…

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‘FIRST OF ITS KIND’ CHARITY ADVENT CALENDAR LAUNCHED

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Brand new for 2018, Advent of Change is the revolutionary charity advent calendar, inviting customers to give back as they count down to Christmas this year. This social enterprise, which was born less than nine months ago, has already caught the attention of John Lewis & Partners, who will be stocking the calendar in stores…

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Listening Tour: Naming Neglected Tropical Diseases

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August 23rd, 2018 The diseases that we now refer to as neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) can be pretty hard to pronounce. However, they haven’t always been lumped together as neglected tropical diseases. On the latest episode of Listening Tour, we hear a story from Alan Fenwick, founder of the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, on why and…

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PARTNERING TO END NEGLECTED TROPICAL DISEASES IN RWANDA

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May 18th, 2018 In 2007, the Legatum Foundation, one of the founding investors in the END Fund, first invested in a pilot program for NTDs in Rwanda. Between 2008-2017, almost 52 million generously donated treatments were delivered valued at over $2.7 million. This treatment led to a 30% decrease in the prevalence of intestinal worms…

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Summit to See the END 2018

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12 climbers from the US, Switzerland, and Tanzania have set out to trek up more than 19,000 feet to summit Mount Kilimanjaro in order to raise funds and awareness for neglected tropical diseases. Day 1: Machame Gate to Machame Camp The hikers arrived at Machame Gate already at 1,800 meters to begin their climb. Everyone…

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Building Partnerships in Kenya

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In 2018, Kenya is set to complete its fifth round of deworming for school-age children, pilot a new drug therapy for lymphatic filariasis (LF) that will accelerate the end of the disease, and provide surgeries for men with debilitating hydroceles. With all of these impressive gains towards ending NTDs, this episode focuses on the story Dr.…

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The END Fund Is Eliminating Neglected Tropical Diseases for 1.5 Billion People

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By David Brand, Global Citizen This article originally appeared on GlobalCitizen.org. In early-April, representatives from the END Fund arrived at the Global Citizen office lugging a jar filled with 200 intestinal worms. They came to educate Global Citizen staff about a collection of preventable illnesses known as Neglected Tropical Diseases — parasitic and bacterial infectious diseases…

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The Story of Daniel Shungu

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Daniel Shungu first came to the United States in 1962 from the Democratic Republic of Congo. His plan was not to stay in America for the rest of his life, but to get an education and return to the DRC with skills that would help people in his country. However, his life plan changed and…

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Child receiving medicine in line for deworming

GiveWell: Our top charities for giving season 2017

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Originally published on GiveWell This year, we added two new top charities, Evidence Action’s No Lean Season program and Helen Keller International’s vitamin A supplementation program, and retained our seven top charities from 2016. We also added Evidence Action’s Dispensers for Safe Water program to our list of standout charities. We recommend that donors give to…

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It Calmed My Spirit (part six)

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By John Uniack Davis, Regional Director, West Africa, Helen Keller International The government and people of Mali are confronted with many challenges as they fight to pull the country out of poverty.  Everyday, challenges of making a living and caring for one’s family are even more difficult for those suffering from a disfiguring and disabling…

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