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END7: Ending 7 Diseases by 2020

End the Neglect, blogging on behalf of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, has started a new campaign to rid the world of seven of the most common NTDs. Follow their campaign at http://www.END7.org/
We’re at the beginning of something big.

Not many people know about neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) – a group of parasitic infections that cause needless suffering among more than 1 billion of the poorest people worldwide. END7 is a campaign to see the end of 7 of the most common NTDs by 2020. All it costs is 50 pence to treat and protect one person for one year!

Join us in our mission to end 7 diseases by 2020 – watch our mission in (just over) a minute below and Like us on Facebook. Together we can see the end!

This Week in NTDs

An outbreak of Chikungunya in Delhi is accompanying an outbreak of dengue fever. Chikungunya is closely related to dengue and is carried by the same mosquito, but is far less common at the moment.

The Schistosomiasis Control Initiative came second in Give Well’s annual charity ratings. The SCI is also top of the list for Giving What We Can, a campaign founded by Oxford philosophy lecturer Toby Ord to persuade people to give a percentage of their earnings to charity.

Bangladesh has scrapped an Act which forced leprosy sufferers to live in institutions. Officials hope that social stigma attached to this treatable disease will be reduced, and people will be more willing to come forward for treatment.

And finally, it might be possible to treat Buruli ulcer with oral antibiotics, according to this paper in PLoS NTDs. At the moment, most Buruli cases are treated by surgical excision, requiring long periods in hospital.

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