Up to 1.2 million snakebite envenomings and 140,000 deaths occur each year, but data is remarkably scarce on the location of the most vulnerable populations and what venomous snakes live where.
A coalition of public health groups has set a deadline of 2030 to do away with dog-mediated rabies, which accounts for 99% of cases of the dreaded disease. While rabies is preventable, it is endemic in over 150 countries and kills 59,000 people each year.
Disease data reporting has come a long way since 16th century London’s weekly Bills of Mortality. Now we have the WHO’s International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, providing a common vocabulary to record and report causes of disease and…
The World Health Assembly passed a resolution on snakebites last night, The Week reported, which advocates hope will improve research and access to antivenoms by the poor areas affected most deeply.
Mycetoma patients—who suffer masses under the skin caused by an array of fungi and bacteria—often lack access to efficient care; but researchers exploring the disease in Sudan have found potential in community-based treatment.
Not enough is being done to test for and treat HTLV-1, warn doctors alarmed by infection rates among adults exceeding 40% in some remote parts of central Australia.
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.
Treating women farmers of child-bearing age for hookworm in the Democratic Republic of Congo may significantly ease hardship, says a new study.
With today’s technology, we could end the death and suffering caused by neglected diseases. Yet only 4% of all new therapeutic products registered from 2000 to 2011 addressed neglected diseases—which cause about 11% of the global disease burden, according to a trio of…
There is a saying that neglected diseases “begin where the road ends.” These diseases of poverty strike the most marginalized populations and strain to attract the resources, funding, and attention of a world that is saturated by increasingly convoluted problems.