Almost 8 months ago, we announced the winning nomination for the Untold Global Health Story of 2015 contest. Out of 170 nominations of diseases and issues that significantly impact global health but receive little to no attention from the mainstream media, one stood out:…

Eliminating rabies—a disease that kills tens of thousands of people each year—is possible, global animal and human health groups meeting in Geneva announced, rolling out a plan to make it happen. "Rabies belongs in the history books,” said WHO's director-general Margaret…

No one knows how many people have mycetoma worldwide, however in a village in central Sudan, a man lists 12 people who have had their legs amputated because of the flesh-eating infection. Neil Brandvold/DNDi   Part II: The list

Part I: The Lives By Amy Maxmen Wisal Altai’s disfigured foot is wedged into a flip flop with a golden strap. A crevice cuts across the foot’s surface at the base of five henna-stained toes that arch awkwardly upwards. Smaller scars from years of incisions…

“It is unjust that people don’t care about this disease.” Writer Amy Maxmen’s words keep surfacing in my thoughts. She said this after her trip to Sudan to report on mycetoma, a flesh-eating, bone-destroying disease that spreads misery across 23 countries from Mexico to…

Freelance journalist Amy Maxmen in a village talking with a mycetoma researcher (left) and women in the village in central Sudan. Image courtesy of Neil Brandvold/DNDi. Freelance journalist Amy Maxmen has written about everything from the DNA editing tool Crispr,…

To summarize this piece by travel writer Henry Wismayer is a disservice. Ostensibly, it’s about his personal battle with typhoid, dengue and schistosomiasis. Really it’s about selective empathy and serves as a call to action with regard to neglected tropical diseases,…

An international group of researchers has challenged the long-held assumption that asymptomatic patients infected with the dengue virus are “dead-end hosts”—meaning not infectious. The results show that not only were both asymptomatic and presymptomatic subjects able to…

To eventually eliminate lymphatic filariasis (LF), a combination of mass drug administration (MDA) and mosquito control, tailored to local conditions, is the best approach, according to new research. The results are in “contrast to WHO’s recommendation that applying 4 to 6…

On Wednesday November 11, the PLOS redditscience “Ask Me Anything” live chat will focus on a PLOS NTDs study examining the global burden of leptospirosis, a zoonotic bacterial disease that can manifest in often fatal outcomes which has been neglected in spite of its rising…