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It Calmed My Spirit (part four)

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By John Uniack Davis, Regional Director for West Africa at 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…

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It Calmed My Spirit (part five)

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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 neglected tropical…

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Working on Neglected Diseases in a Neglected Country

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While Yemen remains embroiled in a civil war, Dhekra Annuzaili, a program manager at the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, continues to work on programs to provide treatment to people at risk for neglected tropical diseases. Working in Yemen was difficult before the civil war started, but now there are large internally displaced populations, high rates of…

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It Calmed My Spirit (part three)

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By John Uniack Davis, Regional Director for West Africa at 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…

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Soap: For More Than Just Handwashing

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By Molly Anderson, Programs Associate, The END Fund The International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) distributed 20,000 bars of soap and thousands of leaflets in June to health professionals from targeted health centers in Ethiopia to disperse to communities. The END Fund provided support through IOCC to the existing morbidity management program of lymphoedema associated with…

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Season 2 Premiere

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In the season two premiere of the Listening Tour, we speak with three different people about that specific moment when they decided to work in the global neglected tropical disease field. We hear stories from Teshome Gebre (regional director for Africa at the International Trachoma Initiative), Bill Simmons (President of the American Leprosy Missions) and…

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It Calmed My Spirit (part two)

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By John Uniack Davis, Regional Director, West Africa, Helen Keller International Before he had surgery last year, Karamogo Sanogo, age 86, was unable to walk or even stand up to pray. He was suffering from the extreme effects of hydrocele for at least six years. Karamogo knew that surgery could cure his condition, but he could not…

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Working Together Towards Trachoma Elimination in Tanzania

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By Elisa Baring, Director, Programs Over the past two days, partners working in support of trachoma elimination efforts in Tanzania came together for an annual review and planning meeting. Donors – UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Trust, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, and the END Fund joined Sightsavers, Helen Keller International,…

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It Calmed my Spirit

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By: John Uniack Davis, Regional Director, West Africa, Helen Keller International This is part one of a six-part series. 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…

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Global Surgery Symposium 2017

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Last week, Elisa Baring, Director, Programs, spoke at the Yale Global Surgery Symposium on the importance of morbidity management for NTD control and elimination. A simple 20-minute surgery can prevent people from going blind when they have advanced stages of trachoma. Additionally, for men with elephantiasis, surgery can be performed to alleviate the debilitating swelling…

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