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Children in line for a mass drug administration in Rwanda for neglected tropical disease treatment

Our favorite neglected tropical disease stories from 2018

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We can’t officially start the new year without reflecting on the past, so we are kicking off 2019 with some of our favorite stories from the last 12 months. From the launch of innovative new treatments to the rising global profile of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), here is what made 2018 one of the best…

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A look back at 2018

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2018 was a fantastic year for the neglected tropical disease (NTD) community. With our partners, we treated more than 120 million people with over 230 million treatments valued at approximately $345 million. We helped train more than 600k health workers and provided over 1,700 surgeries for people with advanced stages of trachoma and lymphatic filariasis.

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In pictures: Launch of IDA Drug Therapy Pilot Program in Kenya

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In a historic moment, the Kenyan Ministry of Health piloted a new drug therapy for lymphatic filariasis in November 2018. IDA (ivermectin, diethylcarbamazine, albendazole) treatment has the potential to reduce the time to treat and break transmission of lymphatic filariasis (LF) from at least five years down to just two years. Globally, 892 million people…

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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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Rwandan Children smiling

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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Hikers climbing up Mt. Kilimanjaro

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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