Remarkable strides in the 2-decade fight against trachoma show workaday public health practices trump miracle medicines, reports Donald McNeil. The strategy behind the victories includes a 20-minute operation, and preventive efforts such as annual antibiotic administration…

The mutual reinforcement of violent conflict and neglected diseases stands to undermine progress toward the goals laid out by the 2012 London Declaration on NTDs, found researchers who quantified these overlapping health determinants. 

With evidence mounting on the importance of surgical capacity to combat neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), lymphatic filariasis (LF) and trachoma are 2 prime examples.   Together, these 2 NTDs with surgical comorbidities result in more than 2.3 million years lost from…

80% of blindness could be prevented or reversed, which makes it a problem “that might seem tailor-made for philanthropy,” writes Inside Philanthropy Global Editor Sue-Lynn Moses. So why haven’t global health’s biggest funders made fighting blindness a big priority?   “[R]…