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.