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Certain preventable infectious diseases are neglected by media, governments, and health organizations. Poor people and communities are hardest hit by these diseases and some of the diseases have resisted efforts of control. Our goals are to prevent more people from getting these diseases; treat those who have been infected; and, in some cases, eradicate the disease.

Learn more below and visit the program page for more details about our work in this area.

My Three Days at the Epicenter of Global Health Ingenuity and Transformation

Let’s face it: nobody really enjoys conferences. In theory, they give spread-out communities a chance to come together and engage in fierce debates and trenchant learning about important issues. But practice doesn’t always match the theory. Last week in London at the Grand Challenges Annual Meeting, however, it did.

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Innovation: Taking the Neglect out of Neglected Disease

Chances are you’ve never heard of onchocerciasis. Sometimes it’s known by the nickname “river blindness,” but you’ve probably never heard of that, either. Unfortunately, almost 40 million people suffer from it.

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A New Perspective on the War on Worms

There has been much debate over the last few weeks among Western scientists about the efficacy of school-based mass deworming programs. Notably missing from this debate have been the voices of people from countries where parasitic worms are prevalent.

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India’s Next Public Health Victory

If a stranger knocked on your door and offered you a pill, the likelihood of you taking it would be slim to none. In India, this is a common occurrence.

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Linking Nutrition and Deworming Interventions for Improved Child Growth and Development

Meet a family in the Dominican Republic and learn about the link between nutrition, neglected tropical diseases, and child growth and development.

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