A revelatory new study out of Monash University, in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK), has highlighted that an annual double-dose of antibiotic treatment shows promise for controlling the neglected tropical disease (NTD) trachoma, the world’s leading infectious cause of preventable blindness. NTDs are the most common afflictions of the world's poorest people, affecting more than half a billion children around the world. While trachoma is most prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa, Australia remains the only developed country to continue to have the disease as a public health problem.
The Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center is profoundly saddened by the loss of Dr. V. Kumaraswami, his wife Lakshmi and his mother Kamala on March 4, 2016. Dr. Kumaraswami’s passing is a blow not only to the field that benefited from his boundless expertise, but to all who were touched by his remarkable kindness and spirit of service.
A new video from Footwork: The International Podoconiosis Initiative demonstrates the stigmatizing effects of non-infectious elephantiasis and shows how the condition can be prevented.
The Leprosy Research Initiative (LRI) is pleased to announce a call for proposals for funding commencing in 2017. The LRI exclusively funds research on leprosy or that is strongly related to leprosy and welcomes proposals for all five research priorities.
Among the priorities of the LRI, research to promote ‘prevention of disabilities for persons affected by leprosy’ is currently underrepresented. Therefore applications addressing or including this subject are most welcome. Applications from or including African countries will be given priority. LRI funds in 2017 are very limited, because of a large number of ongoing multi-year projects. Only in exceptional circumstances will an award be made in excess of €50,000 per year.
For more information, go to http://www.leprosyresearch.org/how-we-work.
By Mark Rosenberg, MD, MPP, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Task Force for Global Health
This story originally appeared in the Saporta Report.
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On October 5, 2015 the The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine to William C. Campbell, Satoshi Ōmura and Youyou Tu. While Tu was recognized for discoveries concerning a novel therapy against malaria, Campbell’s and Ōmura’s recognition stemmed from their development of a therapy to treat neglected tropical diseases.
On October 22 and 23, 2015, the Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center will host the third annual meeting of the Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases (COR-NTD) in Philadelphia, PA.