Visit us through SCI

There is now a new route to our blog through SCI (the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative).

SCI has been rated one of the top two charities for achieving impact with donations by nonprofit organisation GiveWell and Giving What We Can. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded SCI $1.5 million to improve control of schistosomiasis last year. They are a fantastic, cost-effective charity that’s worth taking a look at.

We have interviews with Professor Alan Fenwick, Director of SCI, and Professor David Molyneux, adviser to WHO, who have both been working on NTDs for over 25 years coming up in the next few weeks. A brilliant insight into how the world of NTDs has evolved.

Next week we’ll be live-blogging and tweeting from the Royal College of Physicians for the WHO event: Uniting to combat neglected tropical diseases which will feature Bill GatesDirector-General of WHO Dr. Margaret ChanManaging Director of the World Bank Dr. Caroline Anstey, and CEOs of nine leading pharmaceutical companies to name a few!

Stay tuned.

Schistosomiasis Initiative homepage

Schistosomiasis Initiative homepage


Double blow for dengue

Nicaraguan children provided data for the study

Nicaraguan children provided data for the study

The reason dengue fever can be more severe a second time round is due to the genetic make-up of the virus, researchers at Berkeley have found. The results may help predict outbreaks of dengue and allow future treatments to be better targeted. Continue reading

Next day delivery not guaranteed

Just like shopping online for Christmas presents, the real hassle with providing drugs for NTDs is not finding the right supplier or best cost, it’s ensuring they arrive on time and in optimal condition. Pharmaceutical companies may have pledged billions of free vaccines for diseases in developing countries but these drugs cannot travel on good will alone. Continue reading

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