From snakebites to TB, Big Pharma is withdrawing investment into neglected diseases (NDs) affecting the poorest—making an argument that nonprofit medicines aren’t their job. Earlier this month, for example, Sanofi Pasteur announced it was ceasing production of Africa’s only…

Reinvent: Conference on Neglected Diseases takeS place this Friday at the University of Toronto. The interdisciplinary academic conference is dedicated to challenging “participants to question the social inequalities that allow neglect to proliferate.”

Capping off World Water Week, the WHO pledged to strengthen its focus on water/sanitation in the battle against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Targeted water and sanitation interventions outlined in its new global strategy on NTDs http://www.who.int/…

Vox correspondent Amanda Taub weighs in on the much disputed paper concluding that giving Kenyan schoolchildren deworming pills improved not only their educational outcomes but also those of kids in neighboring schools.  “It seemed like the world had stumbled onto an actual…

Despite the rising cases of dengue and chikungunya in South India, few epidemiological studies documented the extent of transmission—a gap a household-based seroprevalence survey in Chennai sought to correct. The team found that 93% of participants had been exposed to…

As many as 150 million girls and women—most in sub-Saharan Africa—suffer from a misunderstood and under-researched condition that threatens their fertility and puts them at greater risk of contracting HIV. Urogenital schistosomiasis can cause vaginal bleeding, lesions,…

Amid Yemen’s escalating violence and humanitarian crisis, the WHO has confirmed an outbreak of dengue fever in several parts of the country—with more than 3,000 suspected cases and at least 3 deaths. The cases are likely to rise due to the collapsing water, sanitation and…

Nearly 30 million people a year are afflicted with sepsis, leaving millions dead or disabled. Still, it receives little attention. This CUGH webinar aims to change that, by convening experts to discuss the scope of the problem and what can be done to prevent treat the…

With 750,000 dengue cases so far this year, Brazilians are angry over long waits for care and the failings of Brazil’s health care system. The mosquito-borne disease has killed 229 people this year—up 45% from the same period last year. Officials blame the drought that…

A strange disease outbreak in Nigeria has possibly killed 28 in the past 3 days in Nigeria’s Ondo State, according to residents. The disease spreads rapidly, causes blindness and loss of consciousness, and kills its victims within 24 hours, residents report. The cause of…