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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.

Apply to Attend Our Innovations in Global Health Social Media Meet Up

Are you a tweeter who cares about innovations in global health? Do you want to learn more about what it takes to create life-saving drugs, vaccines and diagnostics to tackle the world’s biggest health challenges?

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Praying for health: A story from Kenya

"Sometimes you meet the most incredible people in the worst of circumstances." A personal story about NTDs.

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Reinvent the Toilet Fair: India - Progress, Innovation, Excitement

Researchers from India and around the world were among the more than 700 participants who gathered to discuss how to bring safe sanitation to the 2.5 billion people who lack access. This was the second “toilet fair” hosted by the foundation; the first was in Seattle in 2012. This year’s event was co-hosted by the Government of India’s Department of Biotechnology, with the support of the Ministry of Urban Development.

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Changing the Conversation about Rotavirus

Rotavirus is the primary cause of severe and fatal diarrhea in children under five. So why is it that so many postings I see on rotavirus are about “Causes, signs and prevention of Rotavirus in Horses”?

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From Neglect to Care

More than one billion people are at risk from neglected tropical diseases. Resources to prevent infection by intestinal worms like proper sanitation facilities, clean water and even soap can be scarce.

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