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Pharmaceutical Companies Come Together To Fight Neglected Diseases
2012-01-30 13:55:23

International private and public partners announced a joint effort on Monday to combat 10 neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) by 2020. The new coordinated push is aimed at accelerating progress toward eliminated or controlling 10 NTDs and improving the lives of the 1.4 billion people affected by them. Governments from the U.S., U.K. and U.A.E. are teaming up with 13 pharmaceutical companies, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank and other global health organizations to...

2011-05-18 11:20:00

World Health Assembly needs to prioritize safe water to eliminate guinea worm and cholera NEW YORK, May 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Leaders at this week's World Health Assembly in Geneva could miss the last hurdle in finally ridding the world of a debilitating disease unless they take vital steps to address the global water crisis, said WaterAid today. The world is on the verge of eradicating dracunculiasis, a waterborne parasitic disease caused by guinea worm, which remains in...

2010-08-18 13:30:52

Global initiatives to control specific diseases, such as polio or worm diseases, in low income countries not only do good. Sometimes they pull people and resources away from basic health care. Then the remedy may be worse than the disease. In an article in the open-access journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, researchers from the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) caution the international aid community for complacency. Basically it is a matter of balance between curative and...

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Guinea Worm, Dracunculus medinensis
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The Guinea worm (Dracunculus medinensis) is a species of roundworm with the Nematoda phylum. This species is once ranged throughout Asia and Africa, including the west coasts of Africa in Guinea. Although it is not present in this range anymore, the species retains its common name. It was identified in this area by Carl Linnaeus, who discovered the parasite in many merchants along the coast. Its scientific name was also given due to a large population in one area, called Medina. Dracunculus...

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