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Neglected Tropical Diseases Gain Prominence in Policy Agendas Around the World

Over the past two months, we have been thrilled to see neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) emerge into the limelight of policy discussions at prominent naitonal, regional and international forums. These broad new effortsare indicative of transforming attitudes among policymakers towards the importance of seeing the end of these diseases.

African Union – The Sixth Conference of African Union Ministers of Health (CAMH6) concluded on April 26, 2013 with a strong call for African countries and development partners to increase support for NTD control and elimination programs.
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World Health Assembly – On May 27, delegates at the 66th World Health Assembly (WHA) adopted a landmark resolution on 17 NTDs. The WHA, which is the decision-making body of the World Health Organization, has previously passed resolutions that address individual NTDs, but this was the first time that the assembly addressed all 17 diseases at once.
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United Nations – Following months of advocacy by the Global Network and NTD community partners to international policy leaders, NTD control and elimination was included for the first time as a key target for global development efforts. NTDs are included as a target in a report by a High-Level Panel appointed by the UN Secretary General which presents global development priorities in the years beyond 2015.
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Organization of the American States – In June, the Organization of the American States (OAS), the main political and social governmental forum for nations in Latin America and the Caribbean, endorsed efforts to control and eliminate NTDs during the 43rd General Assembly in Antigua, Guatemala.
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United States Congress – In April, Dr. Neeraj Mistry, managing director of the Global Network, testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, describing the growing movement to combat NTDs and the great successes of USAID’s NTD Program. He was one of 18 witnesses asked to speak before the Subcommittee on the value of U.S. global health funding, as the Congress and the White House began the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 budget debate.
Read the full testimony >

On June 27, Dr. Peter Hotez testified on NTDs before the House Sub Committee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and international organizations.
Read the full testimony >

U.K. House of Lords    – On the occasion of the one year anniversary of the London Declaration, Rt. Honorable Baroness Helene Hayman, member of the Sabin Board of Trustees, led a debate in the House of Lords about the path forward for NTD control and elimination.
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Speading Our Message

“How to Shock a Celebrity” Video Promotes NTDs

In February, the Global Network’s END7 campaign released a new advocacy video entitled “How to Shock a Celebrity,” featuring the reactions of six celebrities watching powerful footage of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and calling on supporters to join the END7 campaign. The response so far has been tremendous: More than 450,000 views of the video on YouTube have generated over $100,000 in online donations.  The video won the prestigious DoGooder award from YouTube and was featured at the Cannes International Festival for Creativity in June.
Watch the video >
Read about the DoGooder Award >

Final Global Vaccine Action Plan Released
In march, the Decade of Vaccines (DoV) Collaboration released the final, illustrated version of the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP). The GVAP ― endorsed by the 194 Member States of the World Health Assembly in May 2012 ― is a roadmap to prevent millions of deaths by 2020 through more equitable access to existing vaccines for people in all communities. Sabin provided communications support for the Decade of Vaccines Collaboration Secretariat and Dr. Ciro de Quadros served as the co-chair of the DoV steering committee.
Read the GVAP >

Former Presidents of Guatemala and Chile and Former PAHO Director Join Forces with the Global Network to Eliminate NTDs
On May 7, 2013, the Global Network announced His Excellency, President Alvaro Arzú Irigoyen of Guatemala (1996-2000), His Excellency, President Ricardo Lagos Escobar of Chile (2000-2006) and former Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Dr. Mirta Roses Periago as the organization’s newest Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) Special Envoys.
Read the press release >

Vaccines to Fight Diseases of Poverty

The Sabin Vaccine Institute Product Development Partnership (Sabin PDP) continues to drive forward development of new, low-cost vaccines that have essentially no commercial market for diseases that primarily impact the world's poorest populations, including human hookworm, schistosomiasis and Chagas disease.

The Sabin PDP is currently conducting Phase 1 clinical testing of the first and only human hookworm vaccine under development, and initial results of these trials in the United States and Brazil will be available this year. Sabin expects to send a new announcement regarding an expansion of these trials in the coming months. Phase 1 clinical testing of a new schistosomiasis vaccine is also scheduled to begin in 2013 in the U.S.
Learn more about the Sabin PDP >

Earlier this year Sabin President Dr. Peter Hotez and Dr. Bruce Lee, associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh, published their results of a new study that measured the global health and economic burden of Chagas disease. They found that the total economic impact of Chagas disease matches or exceeds that of many more well-known diseases such as rotavirus, Lyme disease and cervical cancer. They also uncovered a significant, yet overlooked cost of Chagas disease in the United States.
Read the press release >
Read Dr. Hotez’s newest paper on Chagas disease in Texas >

Our Work Abroad

“In the Rough,” a New Film by the Global Network’s END7 Campaign
We travelled to one of the most remote areas of Sierra Leone to profile a diamond miner and community health worker who are on the front lines of their country's effort to end neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). The result is our new short film "In the Rough."
Watch the film >
Read about the story >

Progress for Sustainable Immunization Financing
Sabin’s Sustainable Immunization Financing (SIF) program uses advocacy techniques to foster innovations in public institutions, particularly among ministries of health and finance and parliaments, which will lead to adequate national budgets for immunization. Recent examples include a public/private immunization trust fund in Nepal.
Read the latest SIF Summary Digest for activities and progress updates >

Events and Meetings

Dr. Anne Gershon Receives 2013 Gold Medal Award
On April 23, 2013, Sabin recognized Dr. Anne Gershon, of Columbia University, for her outstanding research and public health efforts to combat the varicella zoster virus (VZV).
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Fifth Regional Pneumococcal Symposium 
On March 5, 2013, Latin American researchers and global health leaders revealed studies that suggest potential shift in burden of pneumococcal disease at symposium in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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Eighth International Conference on Typhoid Fever
Experts Convened in Dhaka, Bangladesh on March 1-2, 2013 to present progress on typhoid fever control and prevention.
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Hudson Institute and Global Network Host Panel to Discuss New Report
On January 17, 2013, Panelists discuss the findings of “NTDs a ‘Best Buy’ in Global Health.”
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Achievements and Future Challenges in the Surveillance of Respiratory Viruses
On 29-30 January, 2013 forty experts in flu and other respiratory diseases came together to discuss the performance of Latin America’s surveillance and vaccination program surrounding influenza and other respiratory diseases.
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New Staff

Amy Alabaster – Communications Coordinator

Aparna Barua – Advocacy Officer, Sabin Foundation Europe

Deborah Elson – Communications Officer

Alexandra Gordon – Communications Associate

Dano Gunderson – Policy Assistant, Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases

Dan Na Luo – Program Coordinator, Vaccine Development

Ashley Schmidt – Program Coordinator, Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases

Also Inside:

Spreading Our Message

Our Work Abroad

Sabin PDP Update

Events and Meetings

New Staff

In the News



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New Resolution Commends Sabin on Our 20th Anniversary
In March, Representative Al Green (D-TX) introduced a resolution honoring Sabin and its partners.
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John Cummins Joins the Sabin Foundation Europe Board of Trustees
On January 30, 2013, Sabin Foundation Europe announced the election of John Cummins, Group Treasurer of the Royal Bank of Scotland, to the charity’s Board of Trustees.
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In the News

Government Support Is Key to Ending Neglected Tropical Diseases
Opinion editorial by His Excellency John Kufuor in the Huffington Post

Chagas Disease Costs U.S. More Than Better-Known Illnesses
New York Times article features new research by Dr. Peter Hotez and co-author Dr. Bruce Lee of the University of Pittsburgh

Emily Blunt, Eddie Redmayne, Others Are Jaw-Droppingly Shocked At Video About Neglected Diseases
Several media outlets wrote about the END7 celebrity PSA, including the Huffington Post (linked here), AdWeek, MTV, Perez Hilton, Look to the Stars and others

The Disease Next Door
Opinion editorial by Dr. Peter Hotez in Foreign Policy

Tropical Diseases Infect 1 in 6 People Worldwide
ABC’s Dr. Richard Besser hosted a Twitter chat about NTDs with a corresponding article that appeared on ABC News

Harnessing the Power of Vaccines to End Polio
Opinion editorial by Dr. Ciro de Quadros in the Huffington Post

How purchasing power can help prevent child deaths: lessons for Asia from the Americas
Blog post by Dr. Ciro de Quadros and Tony Nelson of the ROTA Council for the Thomas Reuters Foundation

G20’s secret shame: ignoring tropical diseases among world’s profoundly poor
Opinion editorial by Dr. Peter Hotez in the Global Post

An Example To Follow: Japan's Historic Commitment To Infectious Disease Control
Op-ed by Tsutomu Takeuchi and new NTD special envoy Alvaro Arzú Irigoyen in the Huffington Post

A New European Neglected Diseases Center for Greece?
Dr. Peter Hotez discusses a new European neglected diseases center in Greece in NEO Magazine

Victories and Challenges in the War against Polio
In Scientific American, Dr. Ciro de Quadros discusses the victories and challenges in eradicating polio


New Book Edition by Dr. Peter Hotez: Forgotten Diseases, Forgotten People

The inextricable links between NTDs and poverty are detailed by Sabin President Dr. Peter Hotez in a new edition to his 2008 book, now with a foreword by CNN’s Soledad O’Brien.

Drs. Ciro de Quadros and Peter Hotez author pieces for Vaccine special supplement dedicated to Decade of Vaccines
Dr. de Quadros guest edited and coauthored an introduction to this special supplement presenting the body of knowledge collected during the elaboration of the Global Vaccine Action Plan. Dr. Hotez reviews current progress on the Human Hookworm Vaccine.

New Technologies Advance Schistosomiasis Research
Dr. Peter Hotez and Dr. Paul Brindley of George Washington University Discuss how new genomic technologies are aiding the fight against urogenital and female genital schistosomiasis

NTDs in Australia and Oceania
Dr. Peter Hotez and coauthors review neglected tropical disease control and elimination programs in Australia and the Oceania region

The Impact of NTDs on Child Health
Drs. Peter Hotez, Neeraj Mistry and Greg Simon, with Baylor College of Medicine's Dr. Meagan Berry, co-authored a new paper on the effect that neglected tropical diseases have on children.

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