This Week in NTDs

What are the thirty ways to live longer? Well, the Telegraph publishes an article this week answering this question. Most of the suggestions are closely linked to the spread of NTD infection. Most critically, at 21, “say no to sandflies” discusses the prevalence of Leishmaniasis and the dangers it proposes.

EndtheNeglect reports on the reemergence of Schistosomiasis in China. They reflect on the reasons for the disease’s return and key issues that need to be considered before action can be taken this time around.

An ex-malaria eradication worker discusses how to combat dengue. This interesting article looks at dengue fever’s spread and how this is key to organising eradication campaigns. Apparently  measures must be taken quickly before outbreaks result in “non-availability of agricultural and industrial labour, crippling the country and ruining its economy”.

Reports from a symposium at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (which started on Monday 14th October) have suggested that a dengue vaccine under development at the moment should be ready in six years time.

Too many donors spoil the broth

The fragmented nature of donations is hindering efforts to implement aid effectively in developing countries

Tanzania receives aid from over 50 countries worldwide in addition to donations from international agencies and institutions. In a country where aid is much needed, Tanzania does all it can to facilitate the money into the economy but the number of financial sources causes problems. Continue reading

Do NTDs ever get noticed by the general public?

Neglected tropical diseases rarely make it into public consciousness. HIV and malaria, two of the world’s biggest killers, have famous faces associated with them – sufferers such as Cheryl Cole, who contracted malaria last year, and campaigners such as Robbie Williams and Claudia Schiffer.

But occasionally, NTDs do appear in the media. See this vuvox to find out more.

Famous tropical disease sufferers

This Week in NTDs

This week in NTDs

This week AFP reported a breakthrough against meliodoisis, which could lead to a vaccine. Researchers at the University of Sheffield found a toxin which inhibits the development of the bacterium which causes the disease. The research was published in the 11th November edition of Science.

Forbes ran an article about how big pharmaceutical companies can take the neglected out of neglected tropical diseases. The article talks about the battle faced by organisations such as WHO in finding research funding for these diseases, and details what is being done by countries such as the UK, the US and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

A new method of treating malaria has been discovered, reports the Daily Mail. The study run by the Wellcome Trust was published in Nature last week. Dr. Gavin Wright, lead researcher stated that they had found the ‘achilles’ heel’ of Malaria, and that vaccine trials could begin within the next 2 or 3 years.

And finally this week the Kenyan government made an historical step in combatting native NTDs. Their five year national master-plan was launched on Thursday, and intends to address NTDs in remote parts of the country. The six major diseases combatted by the offensive are elephantiasis, bilharzia, trachoma, kalazar, intestinal worms and Hydatid disease.