The effort to eliminate neglected tropical diseases has become one of global health’s most inspiring success stories, writes Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

President Trump’s Jan. 27 Executive Order suspending travel to the US by citizens of 7 countries in the Middle East could limit scientists’ ability to research neglected diseases, says Peter Hotez, an infectious disease expert at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. “…

In war-torn Syria, outbreaks of diarrhea and cholera have been relatively sparse due to high levels of hygiene education among Syrians, while harder-to-prevent diseases like leishmaniasis—a disfiguring skin infection caused by the sandfly—are on the rise.  

Human African trypanosomiasis, also known as African sleeping sickness, is a parasitic disease that causes fever, headaches, joint pains and itching. If left untreated, the disease can also cause behavior changes, confusion and poor coordination. About 61 million people in…

Uganda is on track to eradicating a common form of West African sleeping sickness (also known as human African trypanosomiasis, or HAT) in 3 years, but South Sudan’s civil war could jeopardize those efforts. Refugees from areas of Sudan where the disease is endemic are…

Konzo has afflicted other communities where cassava is a staple, such as Mozambique. In her chapter about konzo in The Practice of International Health: A Case-Based Orientation, physician Julie Cliff writes, “The study of konzo has been my greatest professional success—…

While global attention flutters from conflict to outbreaks, the impoverished people of Kahemba, Democratic Republic of Congo, and many other towns live in chronic crisis. Grinding poverty leaves them malnourished and dependent on a type of cassava that thrives in dry…

Previously believed to be harmless, a filarial worm infection called Loiasis may actually contribute to an increased risk of death, according to a recent Lancet Infectious Diseases study. Affecting over 10 million people in Africa, the infection, also known as “African Eye…

Lymphatic filariasis, also known as elephantiasis, is on track to become a thing of the past in Pacific Island countries, according to the WHO.   The organization announced in October that the Cook Islands, Niue and Vanuatu had eliminated the mosquito-borne illness, which…

Aiming to better understand the spread of schistosomiasis—a water-borne, tropical infection often resulting in abdominal pain, diarrhea and blood in the stool or urine—bioengineer Manu Prakash investigated the unusual swimming patterns of the parasite that causes it.